Mitaanjigamiing First Nation is benefiting from key upgrades to its local access road network as a result of a federal government investment of $300,000.
The funding was announced earlier this month by local MP Don Rusnak on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development minister Navdeep Bains, who also is the minister responsible for FedNor.
The FedNor funding enabled the community to make significant grading and drainage improvements to its access road.
These much-needed improvements have helped to enhance the safety of the main access road, and is assisting the community in its efforts to attract construction, mining, tourism, and forestry development to its traditional lands.
“The Government of Canada is committed to supporting key infrastructure initiatives that create middle-class jobs and accelerate growth in Northern Ontario’s indigenous communities,” said Bains.
“This targeted investment will support a strong economy by helping to maximize social and economic opportunities in Mitaanjigamiing First Nation and strengthening its economic foundation.”
“Our government is proud to support our indigenous communities by investing in critical community infrastructure to help create a strong middle-class and improve the quality of life of local families,” echoed Rusnak.
“Today’s investment not only enhances road safety for local residents, it helps Mitaanjigamiing seek new business and growth opportunities that bring jobs and new wealth to the community,” he remarked.
“We appreciate FedNor’s support in helping us complete these improvements to our main access road,” said Mitaanjigamiing Chief Janice Henderson.
“These upgrades will make the road much safer to navigate, and will allow us to pursue economic development opportunities for the benefit of our citizens and the entire region,” she noted.