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Area projects received NOHFC funding

By Randy Thoms Oct 17, 2023 | 2:29 PM

Northern Devlopment Minister Greg Rickford at Big Grassy First Nation, Oct. 2023. Photo courtesy Greg Rickford/Facebook. Image: Tom Thompson

Over $1.5 million from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund has been awarded to two First Nations communities and a manufacturing firm in the Rainy River District.

Northern Development Minister Greg Rickord toured to region to make the announcements.

Big Grassy First Nation is receiving $500,000 to renovate its community centre.

This includes new siding, roof shingles and windows, and upgraded HVAC and lighting systems.

Big Grassy also received $160,839 to replace playground structures at Pegamigaabo School.

“This funding will address the critical needs and current condition of the community centre in providing a safe workspace,” says Lynn Indian, Chief of Big Grassy River First Nation. “The positive impacts of the renovation project will help the overall well-being of the community while sustaining a multitude of cultural events for all members of Big Grassy River First Nation.”

Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation (Big Island First Nation) will use $375,000 to update its Pow Wow grounds.

The project will upgrade the lighting system, install a concrete slab and construct an overhead canopy, creating seating for 600 people.

“The Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation, as well as the community of Morson and the local tourism industry, certainly appreciated NOHFC’s assistance in funding the Pow Wow grounds upgrades. Because of this assistance, we will be able to make our grounds more accessible to all,” says John Amundsen, Economic Development Officer with Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation.

Titan Manufacturing, a manufacturer of prefabricated building components located in Devlin, located in Devlin – to purchase a building and equipment to expand its production facilities.

“We currently have 16 full-time employees, and we are continuing to grow. 2023 will be our most successful year ever. We project we will have 25 full-time positions next year. The NOHFC support we have received strengthens the Rainy River District economy by creating new jobs, economic growth and business expansion,” states Brian Hagarty, President of Titan Manufacturing.