Federal, Ontario governments investing $1.09 million in high-speed internet for Indigenous northern Ontario community

An additional $250,000 is going to the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations

The federal government announced today that $1.8 million CAD will be spent to introduce and improve high-speed internet in the Wasauksing First Nation in northern Ontario.

Approximately $1.03 million will come from the federal government’s Connect to Innovate program; $62,000 will come from the Government of Ontario’s Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation; and $708,000 will come from other contributors.

“In today’s world, having access to high-speed Internet is an essential ingredient for being both successful and competitive,” said Warren Tabobondung, chief of the Wasauksing First Nation, in an April 10th, 2018 media release. “We look forward to the new opportunities that this project will create for our community.”

Additionally, $250,000 in FedNor funding — through the Northern Ontario Development Program — will be provided to the Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations for a land- and asset-management database.

“Establishing an asset-management system will allow us to identify and track community assets while creating a road map for capital planning, land use and source water protection,” said Pamela Restoule, president of Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations and economic development officer for Dokis First Nation, in the same media release. “I look forward to the benefits this project will deliver locally and for our six partner First Nations.”

A total of $300.85 million of the Connect to Innovate fund’s $500 million allocation has been spent to date, including today’s investment.

Source: Connect to Innovate