CATCH 22 IS STALLING IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR ONTARIO FIRST NATIONS

Out of order requirements make approved projects impossible: Hughes 

Ottawa – Conditional funding is making it impossible for the Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association (OFNEDA) to move ahead with the project that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development has approved, Carol Hughes told parliament today.

Rising in Question Period, the MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing grilled the government about bureaucratic problems that have amounted to a catch 22 for the OFNEDA.

“The Ontario First Nation Economic Developers Association was promised in January they would receive core funding from Aboriginal Affairs for their project,” said Hughes.  “But still, no funds have arrived and the project manager has added an ultimatum.”

The project has been placed in an impossible position according to Hughes.

“To receive the funds, they must report on the project,” said Hughes.  “(However), they can’t start the project until they receive the funds.”

Hughes, who sits as a member of the Standing Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development that has been seized with the issue of economic development on reserves, can’t help but notice the contradiction between the desires of the government in committee and the bureaucratic impediments of their officials.

“What kind of practice is this?” demanded Hughes.  “Don't they want First Nations to become economically independent? …. Why are the Conservatives so dead-set on making First Nations funding a catch-22?”

The Ontario First Nations Economic Developers Association is an organization that assists in stimulating economic growth for Ontario’s First Nations by generating and supporting economic and business development.  It is based out of M’Chigeeng First Nation.

 

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For More Information:

Jamie Burgess, Office of Carol Hughes, 613-996-5389 or hughec0@parl.gc.ca