Government of Canada Investment Supports Jobs, Business Growth and Cultural Tourism in Massey Region
April 26, 2016 – Massey – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, today announced an investment of $500,000 to support business development and growth, job creation and Aboriginal cultural tourism in Sagamok Anishnawbek and surrounding areas.
The federal funding will enable the Sagamok Development Corporation (SDC) to upgrade and expand the community-owned Ritchie Falls Resort. The development of this multi-use facility will allow for increased cultural tourism and will create and maintain jobs, which will strengthen the economic competitiveness of the Sagamok Anishnawbek.
The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support First Nation communities in their efforts to harness the economic potential of the region. The funding for this project will help this indigenous community prosper by strengthening the local economy, attracting tourists to the area and creating new jobs.”
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
“The investment announced today will help the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation capitalize on its inherent strengths by promoting its history and traditions, all with a goal of growing the local economy. This multi-use facility will serve as a community hub that will help boost cultural tourism, while positioning the region for long-term economic success.”
MP Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt
“We are thankful for this support from the Government of Canada. This project will allow us to maximize growth opportunities that will benefit the entire community and provide crucial employment to many local residents. It will also help us welcome new visitors and promote Aboriginal culture and education.” Paul Eshkakogan, Chief, Sagamok Anishnawbek