Norway House Cree Nation – ThawiKayhiGan Group sign MOU to Promote Collaboration in Economic Development

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From left to right: NHCN Councillor Deon Clarke, Wunnumin Lake Proxy Chief - Matthew Angees, Kasabonika Lake Chief Tom Semple, Kingfisher Lake Chief Eddie Mamakwa, MPP Sol Mamakwa, Norway House Cree Nation Chief Larson Anderson, Wawakapewin Chief Annamarie Beardy, NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Kitchinumaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donnie Morris, Wapekeka Chief Brennan Sainnawap, NHCN Councillor David Swanson.
From left to right: NHCN Councillor Deon Clarke, Wunnumin Lake Proxy Chief - Matthew Angees, Kasabonika Lake Chief Tom Semple, Kingfisher Lake Chief Eddie Mamakwa, MPP Sol Mamakwa, Norway House Cree Nation Chief Larson Anderson, Wawakapewin Chief Annamarie Beardy, NAN Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, Kitchinumaykoosib Inninuwug Chief Donnie Morris, Wapekeka Chief Brennan Sainnawap, NHCN Councillor David Swanson.

Norway House Cree Nation – ThawiKayhiGan Group sign MOU to Promote Collaboration in Economic Development

Ottawa, Ontario, Traditional Unceded Algonquin Territory – Norway House Cree Nation (NHCN) and The ThawiKayhiGan Group (TKG Group) have solidified their commitment to collaboration and economic advancement through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) spanning over a five-year period. The MOU represents an innovative and First Nation led solution to shared challenges faced by the signing First Nations, including Norway House Cree Nation, Kingfisher Lake First Nation, Kasabonika Lake First Nation, Wapekeka First Nation, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Wawakapewin First Nation, and Wunnumin Lake First Nation.

The MOU will explore a strategic partnership aimed at fostering economic self-determination and community development within NHCN and the TKG Group. The partnership signifies a collective commitment to address shared challenges, implement the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission through business and economic development, and will uplift First Nations communities across Canada.

NHCN and the TKG Group will collaboratively identify and pursue major projects that align with the economic goals and aspirations of the parties, including but not limited to housing, resource sharing, investment, job creation, strong governance, economic self-determination, and joint ventures to deliver community benefits prioritizing the well-being and prosperity of all Nations represented.

Chief Anderson stated: “I believe that the answers to getting out of poverty and extreme unemployment rests on our ability to create successful Economic Development Projects. The economic aspect of the governance of our Nations are projects that we can and should do ourselves. Cross-border relationships like the one with TKG is an important partnership that will

serve as the first step. We can create many opportunities for our FNs that will achieve enhanced capacity for each of our Nations.”

Chief Morris stated: “In the past, we had relations with Manitoba because of our trapping areas which led to northern First Nations, including Norway House Cree Nation. We lost contact when the trails overgrew, but we are now back full circle to look at what types of economic development initiatives we can pursue. We look forward to working together with NHCN on housing, training and trades, and exploring other areas of collaboration that will allow us to build a dynamic relationship with Norway House Cree Nation.”

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