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November 18, 2022
The spirit, history, culture and traditions of Indigenous communities strengthen Canadian values and identities and are important for our society and economy. As we walk the path of reconciliation together, the federal government remains committed to working in partnership with Indigenous businesses and communities to create economic opportunities including supporting the Indigenous tourism sector and community infrastructure.
Today, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced a total investment of over $9.6 million for 23 Indigenous-led projects that will support community infrastructure enhancements, tourism recovery and economic development. These investments will help Indigenous-led organizations grow and diversify. The unique experiences and improved public spaces will attract visitors leading to new jobs and economic growth.
The announcement was hosted by Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, which received a non-repayable investment totaling more than $500,000 for four projects to make important community infrastructure upgrades to Chiefswood Park and to promote local tourism and knowledge sharing. This includes developing and marketing virtual reality experiences at Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks and Chiefswood National Historic Site, through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF). In addition, with support through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF), Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation will make improvements to Chiefswood Park, including renovating washroom and laundry facilities and building a new pavilion and meeting space; installing a new splash pad; and constructing eight glamping units with roof-top solar panels.
The Government of Canada recognizes the important role Indigenous organizations and communities play in our economy and society. An additional 19 Indigenous-led community infrastructure and tourism projects are receiving support to recover from the pandemic, safely welcome back visitors and strengthen communities. For more information about the projects, please see the backgrounder.
“The Government of Canada is committed to investing in Indigenous businesses, organizations and communities to achieve their goals, increase their participation in the economy and create prosperity. With investments through the Tourism Relief Fund and Canada Community Revitalization Fund, FedDev Ontario is providing Indigenous tourism owners with support to attract visitors, enhance public spaces, share knowledge and create jobs and economic growth in their communities.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario
“Indigenous businesses and their communities offer authentic experiences, community spaces and ancestral cultural teachings that are important to our society and our economy. Through the Tourism Relief Fund and Canada Community Revitalization Fund, we are enhancing community infrastructure, public spaces and tourism attractions to drive growth and welcome visitors from Canada and around the world. Together with Indigenous partners, we are building an economy that works for everyone.”
– The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance
“It is important that we continue to invest in Indigenous communities and tourism projects to ensure the strong economic growth and success of Indigenous tourism, as well as reinforcing the importance of gathering places to bring people together to share experiences, culture and history.”
– Vance Badawey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services and Member of Parliament for Niagara Centre
“I am pleased to announce that the projects funded through this investment, have been well-received by our guests and community members. The splashpad and virtual reality experiences are complete and seeing increased engagement. We are very happy with how the pavilion is coming along and look forward to the added value this facility will bring to Chiefswood Park. The pavilion will be utilized as a seating area and business centre, as well as a space where we can offer cultural programming and activities year-round.”
– Matt Jamieson, President/CEO Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation.
Office of the Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario