Indigenous community benefits from upgraded community infrastructure for a better quality of life

From: FedNor

Government of Canada investment helps improve access road to Northwestern Ontario First Nation community

January 10, 2019 – Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, ON – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor

The Indigenous community of Mitaanjigamiing First Nation is benefiting from key upgrades to its local access road network as a result of a Government of Canada investment of $300,000.

The funding was announced today by Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The FedNor funding enabled the community to make significant grading and drainage improvements to its access road. The much-needed improvements have helped to enhance the safety of the main access road and is assisting the community in its efforts to attract construction, mining, tourism and forestry development to its traditional lands.

“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting key infrastructure initiatives that create middle-class jobs and accelerate growth in Northern Ontario’s Indigenous communities. This targeted investment will support a strong economy by helping to maximize social and economic opportunities in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation and strengthening its economic foundation.”

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor

“Our government is proud to support our Indigenous communities by investing in critical community infrastructure to help create a strong middle-class and improve the quality of life of local families. Today’s investment not only enhances road safety for local residents, it helps Mitaanjigamiing seek new business and growth opportunities that bring jobs and new wealth to the community.”

Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Rainy River

“We appreciate FedNor’s support in helping us complete these improvements to our main access road. These upgrades will make the road much safer to navigate and will allow us to pursue economic development opportunities for the benefit of our citizens and the entire region.”

Chief Janice Henderson, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation

Quick facts

  • This project helps to deliver on key priorities of the Prosperity and Growth Strategy for Northern Ontario, which outlines the Government of Canada’s approach to ensure the region can fully benefit from the national Innovation and Skills Plan.

  • The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.

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