Fednor Investment Supports Strategic Economic Planning in Bearskin Lake First Nation

Bearskin Lake First Nation
Bearskin Lake FN

Bob Nault
Bob Nault

BEARSKIN LAKE – Bearskin Lake is receiving funding to hire a youth intern to assist the community in developing an economic plan. “Today’s announcement will help Bearskin Lake First Nation create a roadmap to economic diversity by identifying opportunities for collaboration and partnership in energy, tourism, transportation, mining and forestry. The Government of Canada recognizes the importance for the community to determine its own path to economic success,” stated Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora.

“We are pleased that the Government of Canada, through FedNor, is supporting our efforts to update our community economic development strategic plan by helping provide the skilled resources we need to accomplish that goal,” commented Rosemary McKay, Chief, Bearskin Lake First Nation.

Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor, made the Government of Canada investment of $47,250 in Bearskin Lake First Nation to help identify and prioritize viable economic development opportunities through enhanced decision-making and planning.

“The Government of Canada is committed to working with Indigenous communities, such as Bearskin Lake First Nation, to ensure their long-term sustainability and the prosperity of their residents. Today’s investment will not only offer a recent graduate with valuable on-the-job experience, it will provide the First Nation with the tools it needs to strengthen its community economic competitiveness and position itself for future growth,” stated Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor.

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include assisting with the review and analysis of previous plans, community consultations, communications, and updates to business and operational plans for community enterprise initiatives.

Bearskin Lake First Nation
Bearskin Lake FN

Quick facts 

  • 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.
  • Since its inception, FedNor has helped provide more than 1525 young post-secondary graduates with their crucial first job, and assisted businesses and organizations in growing the economy by helping them access a qualified and talented.