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Investments in technology infrastructure will accelerate social and economic growth
August 23, 2019 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON — Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario — FedNor
Indigenous, Métis and non-Indigenous peoples and families in the Baawitigong region in and around Sault Ste. Marie will soon benefit from increased access to economic, skills training and job opportunities, thanks to Government of Canada investments of more than $13.5 million. A Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund investment of more than $12.9 million is helping Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig build the new Anishinabek Discovery Centre and FedNor funding of $610,400 will assist in the purchase and installation of technology infrastructure and specialized equipment. Upon completion, the Centre will house a National Chiefs Library, a Training Centre of Excellence, interpretive teaching and cultural spaces, and state-of-the-art event-hosting facilities.
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, and Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, made the funding announcements today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.
These investments are helping to diversify and grow the regional economy, while supporting research and creating good paying jobs in the community.
“Our government supports Indigenous peoples so that they can be full participants in the global economy. Today’s investments in the Anishinabek Discovery Centre will help provide the technology infrastructure needed to develop and offer specialized skills training that will lead to good-paying jobs, while strengthening the region’s economy.”
– The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
“I am thrilled to be part of a government that recognizes the unique needs of First Nation communities and is taking action to create new skills-training, cultural and economic opportunities. Establishing the Anishinabek Discovery Centre supports our Innovation and Skills Plan by creating the right conditions to support advanced learning, research and development, while nurturing inclusive regional innovation ecosystems.”
– Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
“We would like to thank the Government of Canada for its continued support. We are excited about the cultural, social and economic potential that the Anishinabek Discovery Centre represents for our region. Once complete, the facility will enable Indigenous Peoples to acquire the educational tools needed to succeed in modern society without comprising the values of our culture and traditions.”
– Della Anaquod, President and Academic Dean, Shingwauk Kinoomaage Gamig
Senior Communications Officer
Office of the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada