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New federal investments in Indigenous initiatives and communities across Manitoba announced by Minister Vandal

Over $13 million to support Indigenous initiatives and communities in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MB, Feb. 22, 2023 /CNW/ - Supporting Indigenous-led initiatives is vital to economic reconciliation and growing an inclusive economy that works for everyone. The Government of Canada remains a strong partner in working with Indigenous communities to create jobs and opportunities, share experiences, offer vital supports.

Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan), announced over $13 million of federal funding in Indigenous business initiatives, organizations, and communities across Manitoba. This funding announcement includes 15 projects funded by PrairiesCan in Manitoba, and 1 project funded through Infrastructure Canada's Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program.

The $7,259,692 of PrairiesCan funding announced today will support community revitalization and the development of programs to support Indigenous participation in business and trades.

Examples of project activities receiving support are:

The Government of Canada is also announcing that it will invest $6,311,657 in the Ka Ni Kanichihk Community Campus expansion project. This funding will support the construction of a new building attached to the existing facility at 455 McDermot so that thousands more people can take advantage of services and programs in downtown Winnipeg.

The expansion will allow more people to access existing programming and will include a community resource hub, a commercial kitchen, cultural and ceremony gathering spaces, classrooms, and an expanded daycare. Importantly, the expansion will create space for more culture-based services and programs.

The total federal funding of $13,571,349 is expected to revitalize 10 community spaces and create over 270 jobs.


"Indigenous communities continue to make significant contributions to Manitoba's economy and the impact of these projects will create opportunities to gather, train and grow, and share experiences. Our government will continue to remain a strong partner, working with Indigenous Peoples in growing an economy that works for everyone.
-  The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan

"The Business Council of Manitoba is committed to Economic Reconciliation through increased representation in the workforce, entrepreneurial and supply chain ecosystems. The BCM Indigenous Education Awards have been helping to lessen financial barriers to post-secondary institutions for over 20 years.  Members have contributed over $6 million dollars to 1,200 plus recipients. The funding from PrairiesCan will allow us to increase Work Integrated Learning opportunities for award recipients, matching them to employers, and creating welcoming workplaces."
Bram Strain, President & CEO, Business Council of Manitoba

"Chi-Miigwetch to the Government of Canada for working with and investing in Indigenous community. Together, we are creating important and long-overdue indoor and outdoor spaces ? spaces to be welcoming, to be inclusive and to allow individuals to thrive, grow and heal.

"Indigenous-led projects and solutions are of the utmost importance across Turtle Island. This community-led green project will expand Ka Ni Kanichihk's current location in the heart of Winnipeg and will include a much-needed central resource hub, a rare inner-city green space honouring traditional land based teachings and programming, a cultural centre, healing spaces, an expanded daycare, and mental, physical, and spiritual wellness supports.

"Here, we all will be seen for our strengths, and will be able to access the community and supports needed to transform our own lives. Thank you for investing in better equity, inclusion and opportunity."
-   Dodie Jordaan, Executive Director of Ka Ni Kanichihk

Quick facts

The Government of Canada is allocating over $13.5 million to support 16 projects in Manitoba.

These investments will revitalize important cultural and community spaces and further Indigenous inclusion and business economic growth in Manitoba. The announcement includes ten Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) projects, four Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) Program projects, one Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund (CSSF) project delivered by PrairiesCan in Manitoba, and one Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) Program delivered by Infrastructure Canada.

Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) ? Investment of $4,113,242

The CCRF helps communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can continue to rebound from the lasting effects of the pandemic. With a national investment of $500 million over 2 years, the Fund's purpose is to help not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, and other community groups, as well as Indigenous partners build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets, bring people back to public spaces safely, create jobs, and stimulate local economies. Today, ten (10) Manitoba CCRF recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced:

Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD) Program ? Investment of $3,113,450

Through the CEDD program, PrairiesCan makes targeted investments that aim to generate sustainable, inclusive economic growth and help communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to fully participate in, and benefit from economic opportunities. Four Manitoba CEDD recipients receiving funding through PrairiesCan were announced:

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund (CSSF) ? Investment of $33,000

Fish and seafood processors are key to our economy and national food security. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSSF provided $62.5 million to support fish and seafood processors. PrairiesCan and PacifiCan provided more than $9 million in funding through the CSSF to support fish and seafood processors across Western Canada. One Manitoba CSSF recipient receiving funding through PrairiesCan was announced today:

Green and Inclusive Community Buildings (GICB) Program ? Investment of $6,311,657

Launched in April 2021, this five-year $1.5 billion program will support green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, underserved communities across Canada. This program will help Canada reach its emissions reduction targets by 2030 and its net-zero objectives by 2050. Today, PrairiesCan announced one Manitoba GICB project on behalf of Infrastructure Canada.

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