TREATY THREE – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), joined the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, to announce more than $16 million to support housing projects for Ontario First Nation communities in Grand Council Treaty #3.
“With today’s announcement, seventeen First Nations will receive improved housing, ten of which are in the Kenora riding. I am very happy to see this investment as it will significantly improve the quality of life for residents living on-reserve,” stated Nault.
Each community will be building new homes, renovating existing ones, creating innovative approaches to on-reserve housing and increasing their capacity to govern their housing portfolio with funding provided in 2016-2017.
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada provided $66.2 million in Budget 2016 funding for the construction of approximately 300 new housing units in 55 Ontario First Nation communities.
“With this funding, and in partnership with the Government of Canada, First Nations will be able to continue their pursuit of improving housing conditions on-reserve in Grand Council Treaty #3 communities. Being able to go home to a safe and warm environment should be something every Canadian has access to, no matter where they live in Northern Ontario,” concluded Nault.
HOUSING FUNDING Announced
|First Nation Community||Federal Funding|
|Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation||$1,675,600|
|Ochiichagwe’babigo’ining Nation (Dalles)||$292,200|
|Grassy Narrows First Nation||$1,151,600|
|Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation (Rat Portage)||$1,426,000|
|Shoal Lake No. 40 First Nation||$1,534,900|
|Wabauskang First Nation||$210,000|
|Naotkamegwanning (Whitefish Bay) First Nation||$1,084,100|
|Lac Seul First Nation||$1,398,120|
|Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation||$432,200|
|Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 Independent First Nation||$1,540,000|
|Anishnaabeg of Naongashiing||$1,010,600|
|Lac Des Mille Lacs||$32,782|
- Treaty #3’s geographical area is over 142,449 square kilometres, spanning from west of Thunder Bay to north of Sioux Lookout, along the international border to the province of Manitoba.
- There are 28 First Nation communities within Grand Council Treaty #3, with a population of approximately 25,000.