MUNCEY, ON, Nov. 20 /CNW/ - On Friday, November 20th at 11:00 am, Chief Patrick Waddilove will announce that the Munsee-Delaware Nation has received almost $600,000.00 in funding to complete its small business/community centre. Chief Waddilove will offer thanks to the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs who has provided over $490,000.00 towards construction of the facility through the Aboriginal Community Capital Grants Program, and to the Union of Ontario Indians Anishinabek Education Institute who has provided $100,000.00.
Construction of the small business/community centre began in 1998 but the project was put on hold due to funding restraints. However, with the new funding commitments, the Nation will now complete the centre; one that will create economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life of the First Nations members. The facility is expected to be complete by summer 2010.
"The completion of the facility will be the result of the hard work and perseverance of many people over the years. It is a great example of how the First Nation must work in a partnership environment with government and the private sector. The opportunity is now available to finish an important community facility that will enable local entrepreneurs to pursue their goals."
- Chief Patrick Waddilove, Munsee-Delaware Nation
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Time: 11:00am - Press Conference
Location: Munsee-Delaware Nation Administration Office
289 Jubilee Road
Special Guests: Maria Van Bommel MPP, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex;
Deborah Richardson, Assistant Deputy Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs Ontario;
Mike George ED, Southern First Nations Secretariat.
Background: Munsee-Delaware Nation
The Munsee-Delaware Nation is located about 25kms south west of London, Ontario. It has a registered population of 547 people with approximately 170 people living on reserve. The Nation is vibrant and in a continual state of growth as economic development and new and historic community issues continue to evolve.
SOURCE MUNSEE-DELAWARE NATION
For further information: For further information: Chief Patrick Waddilove, Munsee-Delaware Nation, RR1 Muncey, ON, N0L 1Y0, Phone: (519) 289-5396, Fax: (519) 289-5156, Cell: (226) 374-5307, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org