The Federal Government is partnering with the Algonquin First Nations to promote women-run businesses.
Over $266,000 in funding is being allocated in partnership with the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation. The funding will provide custom training to Indigenous women who reside in the community and want to start a business. The Algonquins will host training sessions from their center to help women start or expand businesses. They will also apply for resources such as training material from the Community Futures Development Corporation. The initiative is a collaboration between the Algonquins and the Corporation. Final funding is still subject to some negotiation.
MP Mike Bossio was joined by Mary Lynn Rutledge, CFDC Executive for North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin. Bossio says “The women entrepreneurs and business leaders of North Hastings region and the Algonquin community make incredible contributions to our economy and community every day. I’m proud to be a part of a Liberal government that takes women’s economic empowerment seriously.”
Stephen Hunter, Chief of the Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation was on hand and said “Algonquin people understand the importance of and deeply value the women in our communities. We recognize their contributions and their potential to grow within the business community. “
The move is part of a federal government initiative to help double the amount of women-owned businesses by 2025. The announcement coincides with government initiatives to address the gender pay gap, provide affordable childcare, and combating gender based violence. The government of Canada has allocated $2 billion in an effort to kickstart woman-owned business.