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$300k for Indigenous education and travel initiatives

By Adam Riley Jul 28, 2023 | 8:23 AM

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The province has announced just under $300,000 in funding for Indigenous focused transportation and education initiatives.

The money is being split between two communities and two educational and training organizations.

Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation is getting $75,000 which will go towards transportation services that will allow children and youth in the community access supports provided by the Jordan’s Principle and Choose Life programs.

Another $75,000 is will create a shuttle service for the Red Rock Indian Band near Nipigon, with a goal of increasing mobility and access for low-income and vulnerable members of the community

Meamwhile, Oshki-Pimache-O-Win: The Wenjack Education Institute will use its $75,000 dollars to implement a fuel handling truck driver safety program to increase the number of DZ licensed drivers in First Nation communities.

Students at Seven Generations Education Institute will be able to access safe and reliable transportation to support them in attending classes, travel between campuses, participate in land-based learning and cultural events, and complete work placement opportunities, with the $71,374 it is receiving.

The money is coming through the 2023-24 Indigenous Transportation Initiatives Fund.

Projects and initiatives here in the Northwest make up a little over half of the total amount being made available by the fund this year.


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