For Immediate Release
More than $240,000 from the Government of Canada will help to explore energy production solutions for nine Northwestern Ontario Indigenous communities
December 18, 2017 – Thunder Bay, Ontario – Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario – FedNor
The nine member communities of the Matawa First Nations Management Tribal Council are seeking sustainable energy production solutions thanks to a Government of Canada investment of more than $240,000. The project aims to support economic development, diversification and growth in the region by helping to explore long-term renewable energy opportunities within the communities’ traditional territories and land use planning area.
The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North, made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
Specifically, this investment will enable Matawa First Nations Management to undertake and complete a Renewable Energy Readiness Assessment (RERA) for all nine First Nations within the tribal council including: Webequie, Nibinamik, Neskantaga, Eabametoong, Aroland, Marten Falls, Ginoogaming, Constance Lake, and Long Lake #58.
“The Government of Canada is proud to support Indigenous people in their efforts to develop long-term renewable energy opportunities. By working together, we are building a relationship that will be a foundation of economic development and growth for First Nation communities and all Canadians.”
- The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
“Developing realistic solutions to help address challenges in Canada’s Indigenous communities requires genuine partnerships. This project with enable Matawa First Nation Management to work directly with and on behalf of its nine member communities to explore and develop clean and renewable energy production opportunities.”
- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, and Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay—Superior North
“We are proud to partner with the Government of Canada to help us identify and capitalize on growth opportunities that generate economic results, while respecting and protecting our traditional lands. This important project will provide us the opportunity to explore and develop long-term renewable energy opportunities, and create awareness about renewable energy in our communities.”
- Darius Ferris, President, Matawa First Nation Management
- The funding announced today is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation.