A small First Nation in Northwestern Ontario is exploring the potential of developing an eco-tourism lodge.
With Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. support, the Mitaanjigamiing First Nation (formerly Stanjikoming), located in the Rainy Lake area northeast of Fort Frances, is studying the market potential for a new lodge in the area.
The community also will begin evaluating options for locations and partners.
This project is part of the government’s five-year “Open Ontario” plan to create jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario.
“The Rainy River area is one of Ontario’s most attractive natural tourism destinations,” noted Northern Development, Mines and Forestry minister Michael Gravelle, who also chairs the NOHFC.
“By investing in projects such as this one, we are helping small northern communities identify new business opportunities that could create much-needed jobs in the region,” he added.
The province is investing $35,000 into this project through the NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
Eco-tourism means travelling in a sustainable way and visiting natural areas that conserve the environment.
Mitaanjigamiing First Nation consists of two islands and a peninsula located 16 km south of Rainy Lake.
It has a population of 95 people on reserve and 38 people off-reserve.