WIIKWEMKOONG UNCEDED TERRITORY, ON, April 3, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is committed to supporting First Nationsby investing in infrastructure that will foster economic opportunity and community growth and wellbeing.
Member of Parliament Don Rusnak, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, today announced
The Government of Canada is providing a total of $705,619 for the planning phase of the community's future biomass pellet plant. Funding will be used to support engagement, assessment and engineering activities leading up to construction of the plant.
Indigenous Services Canada is also providing $256,000 for the design of the Seven Generations Healing Lodge for the community. The Healing Lodge will serve as an expansion of the Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre, which offers culturally-based addictions treatment and prevention services. The Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is also providing $100,000 for the project.
"The Government of Canada believes that job creation, access to health services and healing make for healthier, sustainable communities. We understand the importance of cultural and spiritual traditions as the basis for a holistic approach to healing, and are pleased to partner with Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory to support the community with this traditional Healing Lodge."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.Minister of Indigenous Services
"Our government is committed to providing Indigenous communities and businesses with the tools they need to grow and succeed in a modern economy. This investment will ensure Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory can capitalize on its inherent strength and create business opportunities, middle-class jobs and sustainable economic growth for its members and the entire region."
The Honourable Navdeep Singh BainsMinister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for FedNor
"Our Government understands the importance of the forest industry and the value it brings to Indigenous communities. This project exemplifies the innovation of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory in delivering green solutions that will grow the economy and protect our environment."
The Honourable Jim CarrMinister of Natural Resources Canada
"We are pleased to have the Government of Canada's support for these very important projects that will benefit our community and the Forestry sector of northeastern Ontario. The pellet plant will create much-needed jobs and revenue, while the Seven Generations Healing Lodge will be an important addition to the Ngwaagan Gamig Recovery Centre. It will give us the ability to serve more people in need with a wider range of programs based on our cultural teachings and customs."
Chief Duke PeltierWiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
Pellet Plant Project
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