Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples is a priority for the Government of Canada. Indigenous entrepreneurs play a crucial role in Canada’s economic development. In the wake of National Indigenous History Month, the Government of Canada wishes to showcase Indigenous entrepreneurs’ leadership and know-how, essential to building a stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive economy across the country.

That is why the Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for CED, is announcing a repayable contribution of $750,000 for the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach today. This CED support will enable the community to build a boardwalk between Kawawachikamach and Lac Hanas.

In 2014, the Naskapi Nation adopted a community management plan to improve Kawawachikamach’s development. One key element of this plan is building a boardwalk, an essential infrastructure enabling several community and cultural organizations to develop new outdoor activities. It will also foster the creation of businesses in the fishing, camping, and adventure tourism sectors.

The Government of Canada recognizes and supports businesses and organizations that are a source of pride in their communities. Quebec’s economic vigour relies on strong industries and organizations rooted in the regional economy. Indigenous entrepreneurs are major contributors to growth and key assets in building a stronger, more resilient, greener, and more inclusive economy.

“Our government is committed to supporting economic development in Indigenous communities and moving reconciliation forward. That is why, during National Indigenous History Month, we are proud to highlight the work of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach. Thanks to CED’s assistance in constructing a boardwalk, we contribute to the community’s economic development and increase the Côte-Nord region’s tourism appeal. Congratulations to the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach on this project.”

The Honourable Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for CED

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions for its invaluable support for our Boardwalk project, which will significantly revitalize outdoor activities for the Naskapi Nation and is expected to bring many positive outcomes, notably by offering our children and Elders a safe place to walk, gather and take advantage of our beautiful waterfront.” 

Louise Nattawappio, Deputy Chief of the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach