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FedNor grants economic development money for First Nations

By Tim Davidson Oct 2, 2023 | 12:50 PM

FedNor is contributing just over $2.4 million to fund six projects for Indigenous agencies in northern Ontario.

The Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord is getting almost half of the funding for a Regional Indigenous Engagement Strategy.

$931,000 will help fund a number of positions, including a project coordinator, a researcher, a consultation leader and two consultation specialists for the project.

The Windigo Community Development Corporation is getting over $725,000 for three projects, including the hiring of an economic development officer and conducting a trade show and conference.

The agency is made up from the Bearskin Lake First Nation, Cat Lake First Nation, North Caribou Lake First Nation, Sachigo Lake First Nation, and Slate Falls First Nation.

The Independent First Nations Alliance is receiving an investment of $450,000 to support the hiring of an economic development officer to assist its member communities of Whitesand First Nation, Lac Seul First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Pikangikum First Nation, and Muskrat Dam First Nation over a three-year period.

As well, the Kasabonika Lake First Nation is receiving a non-repayable investment of $296,676 to fund an economic development officer position over a three-year period.