Ontario Investing in First Nation Communities in the Manitoulin Island Area

News ReleaseFebruary 27, 2017

Province Helping Communities Build Infrastructure and Boost Economic Growth

Ontario is helping to support local economic growth, culture, tourism and infrastructure development for First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island and the surrounding area.

Through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program (ACCGP) and the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund (AEDF) the province is investing in:

  •  Architectural drawings for an elders and youth centre for Sheguiandah First Nation on Manitoulin Island
  • An economic strategic plan for Sheshegwaning First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
  • Renovations to the Dokis First Nation’s museum and cultural centre to convert part of the museum and cultural centre into classrooms that will be available to local and regional school boards.
  • Installation of a parking lot and digital signage at the Four Directions Community Complex in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation to make the local community centre more accessible and inviting for elders, youth and visitors.

Supporting economic development in First Nation communities is one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects the government’s commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.

Investing in infrastructure, culture and tourism in First Nation communities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


  • Through the AEDF, Ontario provided Sheshegwaning First Nation with $48,000.
  • Through the ACCGP, Ontario provided Sheguinadah First Nation with $100,000, Dokis First Nation with $67,235 and Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation with $293,699.
  • From 2003 to 2016, through the ACCGP Ontario has provided more than $38 million in capital grants to Indigenous communities.
  • Ontario is investing a total of $95 million in the AEDF over ten years. The AEDF was launched in 2014 and has three funding streams: Regional Partnership Grants, Economic Diversification Grants and the Business and Community Fund.




“The grants provided by the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program and the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund promote growth in First Nation communities by creating jobs and diversifying local economies. This goes a long way in improving the overall well-being and outcomes for Indigenous people in Ontario.”
 — David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

“The Sheshegwaning Economic Development Strategic Plan will build upon the successes already realized by Sheshegwaning and lay out the vision for future economic development. It will provide the framework for capitalizing on Sheshegwaning’s resources and strengths, establishing not only priorities but also the process for due diligence and advancement of opportunities.”
 — Emilio Tomaselli, Economic Development Officer, Sheshegwaning First Nation


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