The federal government is investing $28,000 to assist Stanjikoming First Nation in exploring the development of a tourism operation.
“The Government of Canada is proud to work with aboriginal partners on projects that create economic development opportunities and build community capacity,” Tony Clement, the minister responsible for FedNor, said Monday.
“The tourism sector can be a considerable economic driver for northern communities and the investment announced today [Feb. 20] will help provide Stanjikoming First Nation with the tools it needs to guide its economic diversification efforts,” he noted.
Specifically, the FedNor funding will enable Stanjikoming First Nation to hire a consultant to determine the viability of operating a tourism lodge that would be owned and operated by the community.
“This initiative will support our ongoing planning efforts and enable us to build on tourism assets in the region,” said Stanjikoming Chief Janice Henderson.
“Ultimately, we hope this will lead to job opportunities and increased economic sustainability,” she added.
The funding announced Monday is provided through FedNor’s Northern Ontario Development Program (NODP), which supports projects that strengthen community economic development, enhance business growth, and facilitate innovation throughout the region.
To find out more about FedNor, visit fednor.gc.ca