From left:  Former Temagami First Nation Chief Roxane Ayotte, Architect Bret Cardinal, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof, Temagami First Nation Chief Arnold Paul, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin, FedNor Representative Denise Deschamps, Four Winds Consulting Project Manager Tom Laronde, AANDC Engineer Annie Campeau.

From left: Former Temagami First Nation Chief Roxane Ayotte, Architect Bret Cardinal, Timiskaming-Cochrane MPP John Vanthof, Temagami First Nation Chief Arnold Paul, Nipissing-Timiskaming MP Jay Aspin, FedNor Representative Denise Deschamps, Four Winds Consulting Project Manager Tom Laronde, AANDC Engineer Annie Campeau.

TEMAGAMI FN (August 22, 2014) Temagami First Nation has received a funding contribution commitment of $1 million from the federal economic development agency  FedNor. This brings the community closer to its goal of establishing a business centre and multi-use facility to create new commercial and economic development space for local entrepreneurs and businesses. This initiative, created by Temagami First Nation, will also generate economic benefits to surrounding communities and industries.

Once complete, the facility will create opportunities for Aboriginal business development and growth, while supporting local waterfront development efforts and serving as a central point for community services. The project is managed by Tom Laronde of Four Winds Consulting.  The facility is being designed by architect Bret Cardinal in co-operation with community opinion and input. It incorporates solar and geothermal green energy technologies which will ensure the building is sustainable well into the future.

“We welcome this strong show of support from FedNor and the Government of Canada. Today’s announcement, in addition to TFN’s contribution, will expedite our community’s plan to develop the infrastructure and resources we require to grow our economy and help Aboriginal business owners succeed. We look forward to investments from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund (NOHFC), AANDC, and corporate partners. We look forward to further developing our economic partnerships with both the private sector and other communities,” says Chief Arnold Paul – Temagami First Nation.