$16 Million in Federal Funding for First Nations Water and Housing

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Treaty 3 Grand Council


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
Couchiching $1,026,600
Nigigoonsiminikaaning $755,000
Rainy River $1,153,180
Seine River $906,600
Mitaanjigamiing $934,400
Lac Des Mille Lacs $32,782
TOTAL   $16,563,882

Quick Facts

  • 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. 

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