Ontario Investing in Indigenous Economic Development in Hiawatha First Nation

Published on January 07, 2020

Funding will support projects that enhance job creation and skills training

HIAWATHA FIRST NATION – Ontario is committed to supporting Indigenous communities by investing in Indigenous entrepreneurs, businesses, communities and organizations.

That’s why the Ontario government is providing $100,000 to Hiawatha First Nation to support a new project planning position that will create a comprehensive economic development study to identify opportunities and research for economic development in Hiawatha. The funding is part of the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs $8.2 million Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF). The fund is part of the government’s commitment to support Indigenous economic development by supporting community-led projects in Hiawatha First Nation and across our province.

“Our government is committed to working with Indigenous communities as an essential part of building Ontario together,” said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. “We are proud to support these projects that strengthen local economies across the province and provide opportunities for economic development and job growth.”

“This funding will support economic growth in Hiawatha by creating opportunities for community ownership and sustainability.” said David Piccini, Member of Provincial Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South. “We will continue to nurture business development and job creation in our communities with investments like this.”

“The Indigenous Economic Development Fund (IEDF) will allow Hiawatha First Nation to complete the work needed toward the long-awaited creation of an Economic Development Corporation,” said Chief Carr. “Hiawatha Citizens have stressed the importance of ensuring the business and economic development interests of the Nation are kept separate from day-to-day politics and the IEDF announcement provides the opportunity to address this priority through the creation of the Economic Development Corporation (EDC). The new EDC will not only direct and oversee our current businesses but will also create and consider new business ventures which in turn will create employment and economic sustainability for our Citizens and our Community, now and for our Seven Generations to come.”

Creating opportunities for Indigenous economic development and entrepreneurship is part of Ontario’s commitment to creating a better future for all Ontarians.

QUICK FACTS  The IEDF provides grants and financing to Indigenous businesses, communities and organizations. The fund helps promote economic development and improve socioeconomic outcomes for Indigenous people.  26 recipients will receive nearly $2.9 million.  Six Aboriginal Financial Institutions are receiving $4.2 million.  Additional recipients are expected to be announced in the coming months.  The next application intake for the IEDF is expected to be launched in spring 2020 through the Transfer Payment Ontario website.

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Paige Wiggans, Executive Assistant Office of MPP David Piccini O: 905-372-4000 E: [email protected]