Grants announced to encourage Indigenous youth training
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
The Government of Ontario is hoping to boost economic development in Northwestern Ontario by investing $2.5 million into 13 projects providing job training for young Indigenous people.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs) Council will receive an economic diversification grant of $159,500 to develop multi-sector economic community plans for its members.
The council serves Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake, and Poplar Hill First Nations.
Shibogama First Nations Council will receive an economic diversification grant of $97,595 for The Indigenous Career Discovery Centre to provide training and career opportunities for Indigenous people in and around Sioux Lookout.
The council represents the communities of Kasabonika Lake, Kingfisher Lake, Wapekeka, Wawakapewin, and Wunnumin Lake First Nations.
David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, stated, “Today’s (March 16) investment will help expand training, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities for Indigenous peoples in Ontario, particularly young people. These grants are part of Ontario’s commitment to work closely with Indigenous partners so they can fully develop the talent and economic potential in their communities. This is an important step in Ontario’s journey of reconciliation.”