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January 9, 2015

NORTH BAY – The North Bay Indian Friendship Centre will receive more than $450,000
in provincial funding to help implement their Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS), Nipissing
MPP Vic Fedeli announced today.

The majority of the funding — $360,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation over 60
months – is allocated towards hiring a project co-ordinator to host and support the
strategy, which is designed to develop the capacity of urban Aboriginal communities.

Another $100,000 will come from the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs.

Fedeli delivered the news as the Centre held a community celebration and report launch,
the culmination of a two-year Urban Aboriginal Communities Thrive (U-ACT) research

Their report highlights eight key findings, including how an Aboriginal worldview
influences how community members experience services.

U-ACT was designed to bring together both Aboriginal and non-aboriginal community
members, organizations and other partners to lay the foundation for strengthening social
and economic participation of North Bay’s Aboriginal people.

“My congratulations go out to all those involved in this ground-breaking work aimed at
not only improving quality of life in our community, but in others across the province as
well,” Fedeli said.


For more information, or to arrange an interview, contact:
Clint Thomas
Executive Assistant
(705) 474-8340 or (416) 710-1752

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