Economic Development Department has, in past years, developed strategic work plans for the future. Through these processes, the Economic Development Department has the following vision:
“Our Vision for the Mississauga’s of Curve Lake First Nation is self-sufficiency for the individuals and for the community; with a land base, an economy and infrastructure to meet the needs of our community.”
The Economic Development Committee and Department are guided by a mission statement “to provide for the creation of a prosperous community” while adhering to the values that “all community economic development will be socially, culturally and environmentally appropriate to Curve Lake First Nation.”
In its simplest form, Community Economic Development (CED) can be described as action taken locally by a community to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way, particularly for those who are most disadvantaged. CED is a participatory process by which communities initiate and generate their own solutions to economic problems leading to positive concrete changes in communities by:
- Creating employment
- Stabilizing local economies
- Reducing poverty
- Contributing to the health of the natural environment
- Building on local resources and capacities
- Increasing community control
The activities of the Department of Economic Development can be separated into two distinct categories: activities for the individual entrepreneur and private sector and First Nation based economic development initiatives. In this, the Department is supported by Chief and Council, the Economic Development Committee and an Economic Development Coordinator.
Specific projects and initiatives that are presently managed by the Economic Development Department include:
- Business Centre
- Small Business Loans Program
- Small business training and workshops
- Community Economic Development Corporation
- Fibre Optic Network Project
- 2 Partnership Development Opportunities
- Own Source Revenue Development
Economic Development Coordinator
Curve Lake First Nation
The Employment Program is operated within the Economic Development Department within the First Nation. Programs and services are designed to access funds and operate programs that will provide capacity building and creates employment opportunities within the community.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Summer Work Experience Program
The program offers employment opportunities to the Curve Lake First Nation Youth over the summer months which allows the next generation to gain work experience and develop or enhance essential employability skills.
Employment Resource Centre – Nda’nokiitaage’ogamig
The Employment Resource Centre is located within the Small Business Centre in Curve Lake First Nation. Clients and community members are welcome to come in and browse our job boards, develop or update a resume, search for jobs online, and request assistance with applying for Kagita Mikam funded programs (listed below).
Hours of Operation:
|Monday – Thursday||8:30 am – 4:30 pm|
|Fridays||8:30 a.m. – 4:00 pm|
Pre-Employment Assistance Program
Assist clients with the purchase of pre-employment materials needed to commence employment. Example – funding for a CPIC, Safety Items, clothing and transportation.
Targeted Wage Subsidy Program
Assist clients with the application process to apply for a Kagita Mikam Targeted Wage Subsidy. Kagita Mikam may fund a full-time position up to 50% of wages.
Assist clients with the development of a resume, cover letter.
Posting of current job opportunities on the First Nation, local communities and other First Nations.
Purchase of Training
Assist clients with the application process to apply for Kagita Mikam funds for the purchase of employment training.
Employment Officer Assistant
Curve Lake First Nation