Deputy Minister announces First Nations loans program

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland provided details on the Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition conference in Toronto. (Photo by Sam Laskaris) See story page 10

BUSINESS: Electrification strategy and details of Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program revealed at Toronto conference By Sam Laskaris Writer Some major news was shared at this year’s First Nations Major Projects Coalition (FNMPC) conference. The two-day event, which concluded on Apr. 23, was held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. About 1,700 delegates attended the conference. The FNMPC is a national group made up of more than 150 First Nations elected councils, hereditary chiefs, tribal councils and development corporations. One of the conference sessions was titled the National Indigenous Electrification Strategy. Niilo Edwards, the FNMPC’s CEO, and JP Gladu, the founder and CEO of the consultancy Mokwateh, were panelists for the session which unveiled details of the strategy released that day. The FNMPC and Mokwateh had joined forces to create the…

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