Ottawa will pump more than $3.4 million into Manitoulin Island to establish a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development.
The goal of the Centre for Indigenous Mineral Development is to enhance the participation of the Indigenous people in the mines industry, as well as to assist industry and government through information sharing and best practice protocols with Indigenous engagement, federal officials said in a release Tuesday.
Access to information will help employers and prospective employees fill or secure jobs, and facilitate networking and business development opportunities. The FedNor funding will support five initiatives that, among other things, will enable Waubetek Business Development Corporation to establish and operate a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Mineral Development for four years.
Other funding recipients include LaCloche and Manitoulin Business Assistance Corporation, Sheshegwaning First Nation and March of Dimes Canada. In addition to mining, the money will support the aquaculture and business sectors on the island.
Paul Lefebvre, Sudbury MPP, made the announcement on behalf of Navdeep Bains, minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
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