MUNCEY, ON, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - The Munsee Delaware Nation is pleased to
announce a major step forward in its bid to establish an accredited
First Nations Forestry Training Program after receiving start-up
funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's (OTF) Future Fund. The
First Nation community southwest of London will receive a four-year,
$531,000 grant from OTF to help cover the costs of developing and
delivering the forestry program.
The Future Fund supports projects that create significant and
sustainable change by using distinct and innovative approaches. In
Munsee Delaware, this grant will help create sustainable jobs.
"This funding is going to help us give our young people the foothold
they need to take advantage of today's emerging green economy," said
Munsee Delaware Chief, Patrick Waddilove. "Without OTF, we could not
have raised the kind of seed capital needed to get this project off the
ground," he added.
Credit is also given to the Munsee Delaware Nation's strategic
partnership with the Southern First Nations Secretariat (SFNS). Chief
Waddilove indicated key alliances with organizations like SFNS are
vital if the vision of creating green jobs for First Nations is to be
realized. SFNS is providing advisory services and partnership
The two-year forestry program will help 25 First Nations students from
across Ontario become accredited forester technicians, enabling them to
secure highly skilled jobs in the bio-mass, carbon credit and
sustainable forestry industries. It will be delivered from two
locations: the Anishinabek Educational Institute at Munsee Delaware and
the Seven Generations Education Institute at Couchiching First Nation,
near Fort Frances. Classes are expected to begin this fall.
"The Ontario government, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is
pleased to support this initiative by the Munsee Delaware Nation," said
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel. "In partnership with a
number of businesses, educational institutions and government
ministries, the Nation has developed a much needed program and will
deliver this accredited training course to its youth."
The First Nations Forestry Training Program is just the latest green
initiative being pursued by the Munsee Delaware Nation. Earlier this
year, it launched the Munsee Tree Corporation, which will supply the
emerging bio-mass industry as well as off-set carbon emissions through
the sale of carbon credits.
The Munsee Delaware Nation is a progressive First Nation, located approximately 25 kilometres
southwest of London, Ontario. It has a registered population of 547
people, with 170 people living on reserve. The Nation is finding ways
to create sustainable jobs for its citizens by capitalizing on the
emerging green economy.
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in
community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario,
OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. www.trilliumfoundation.org
The Southern First Nations Secretariat is a regional organization which provides a broad range of
administrative and advisory services to its member Nations in
southwestern Ontario. It is committed to developing, supporting and
facilitating innovative approaches to self-determination.
SOURCE Munsee-Delaware Nation
For further information:
please contact Munsee Delaware Chief, Patrick Waddilove at (519) 289-5396