Government of Canada invests in Indigenous organizations and tourism in southern Ontario
“When we support Indigenous businesses and tourism organizations, we are strengthening our communities with the rich Indigenous heritage that is the backbone of our country. Together, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that Indigenous enterprises have the proper resources to successfully participate in the Canadian economy, and that Indigenous tourism continues to grow.”
— Kate Young, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages (FedDev Ontario)
“True reconciliation means supporting Indigenous communities and businesses by providing opportunities for their success. This investment from FedDev Ontario will do just that – helping Indigenous businesspeople to seize opportunities, helping Indigenous organizations deliver important local projects and supporting Indigenous communities on their path to self-sufficiency and prosperity. I’m excited to see the difference that this investment will make for Indigenous communities across Southern Ontario.”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed each year on August 9 to promote and protect the rights of the world’s Indigenous population. This event also recognizes the achievements and contributions that Indigenous peoples make to improve world issues such as environmental protection.
Since November 1, 2015, FedDev Ontario has supported more than 110 Indigenous projects with funding of over $104 million.
In August 2019, FedDev Ontario announced a $5 million contribution for the establishment of the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ICIE) in Toronto.
In September 2019, FedDev Ontario announced a $4.9 million contribution over three years to the First Nations Technical Institute (FTNI) to increase its capacity while helping to break down some of the barriers currently facing Indigenous peoples in pursuing careers in aviation. FTNI is an Indigenous-owned post-secondary institute offering unique educational opportunities for Indigenous peoples. The First People’s Aviation Technology program at FTNI is the only Indigenous aviation post-secondary program of its kind in Canada.
Under the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Ecosystem Fund, FedDev Ontario is providing support through Queen’s University, Wilfrid Laurier University, North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin CFDC, and Pillar Nonprofit to provide targeted training programs, in some cases co-created with local First Nations, to remove barriers that Indigenous female entrepreneurs encounter in starting and growing their businesses. In addition, $1.2 million is being provided to the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association to support close to 1,000 Indigenous female entrepreneurs nationally to strengthen their entrepreneurial skills and develop their businesses.
- FedDev Ontario
- Aboriginal Impact Capital
- Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation
- Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
- Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation #29
- Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
- Indigenous Tourism Association of Ontario
- Ottawa Tourism
Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages
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