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Ontario Government Supporting Consultation Capacity, Economic Development
February 11, 2014
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Ontario is continuing to support local projects that create jobs and promote economic development opportunities in First Nation communities.
Through the New Relationship Fund (NRF), Ontario is supporting First Nations, Métis communities and Aboriginal organizations as they build consultation capacity, industry partnerships and engage in sustainable economic development.
NRF projects help Aboriginal communities hire staff, host industry meetings, draft business plans and develop important business tools. This helps create more opportunities for jobs and helps build relationships among Aboriginal people, government and industry.
Strengthening communities by supporting strategic growth is part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure, and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
“The New Relationship Fund helps Aboriginal communities build the capacity they need to take part in consultation with government and industry, create jobs and leverage economic development opportunities. Our government is committed to sustaining the program and ensuring First Nation and Métis communities in Ontario prosper.”
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs
“Our government’s New Relationship Fund is an essential tool that is strengthening partnerships between Aboriginal communities and industry across Northern Ontario. This program gives Aboriginal communities the support they need to fully participate in economic development projects that strengthen regional economies and create good jobs.”
Minister of Northern Development and Mines
“Over the years the New Relationship Fund has helped Treaty 3 communities strengthen and utilize our Resource Law in work with government and industry on a number of economic development projects and natural resource initiatives. I am pleased Ontario is continuing to invest in this vital program.”
Ogichidaa Warren White
Grand Council Treaty #3
Ontario is helping First Nations, Métis communities and Aboriginal organizations build consultation capacity and explore new economic development activities.