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Animbiigoo Zaagi igan Anishinaabek


members as of


Economic Development

The goal of the Economic Development Department is to work

towards the creation of a sustainable economy for the

Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek.




Economic Development Officer

Job Description Summary:

The Economic Development Officer assists Band Council in the development of Band owned and operated enterprises, proposal development for short and long-term community development projects, assists with training and employment programs aimed at improving the human resources within the community as well as advises Band Members in establishing small businesses.


Economic Development Program Summary:

The department is working on many community and economic development projects and partnerships such as:

  • Water Power Generation (AXOR and and the Namewaminikan River  Project)
  • Greenstone Transmission Line (IESO Report)
  • Wawasum LP - Partnership between AZA and BNA to develop a Wood Pellet Manufacturing Facility
  • Greenstone Gold Mines - Hardrock and Brookbank Sites
  • Skills Database - project to inventory members’ skills, education, training programs, certificates, etc.
  • Training Opportunities
  • Mineral Exploration opportunities in the Beardmore - Geraldton Area (Google Earth - Claims Map)  
  • Windpower opportunities on the east side of Lake Nipigon
  • Landmark Hotel
  • Tourism - Resort Lodge Development


Other activities:





Useful Links

Anishinabek Employment and Training Services - help with employment counselling and funding for training


Greenstone Economic Development Corporation - help with small business and loans


Thunder Bay and District Entrepreneur Centre - they have guides, programs and services to support starting a small business


Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurship Development Program - program to support funding for small business


Thunder Bay Ventures -  help with small business and loans


The PARO Centre for Women's Enterprise - programs and services to women across Northern Ontario who are ready to start, grow or build new opportunities