Economic Development

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to empower the membership to work together with common goals holding social, economic, environmental and cultural considerations, in building a stronger local economy for Nipissing First Nation and its members. The Economic Development Office is committed to the betterment of Nipissing First Nation communities.

Doing Business with Nipissing First Nation

Small business and self-employment account for a large part of NFN’s economy.  We have 40 small businesses run by nation citizens on-reserve, and an additional eight companies who lease land and/or space to operate companies that are not First Nation-owned, but that generate employment for our citizens and region.  View our Business Directory for a complete listing.

For more information about doing business with NFN, visit the Business and Projects sections.

Partnerships & Funding

Nipissing also leverages local, provincial and federal partnerships in ways that support our Gichi-Naaknigewin (Big Law or Constitution).  This is evidenced in NFN’s investments in renewable energy projects, small business development, sustainable resource development, the construction of a commercial/light industrial business park, and a commitment to continually exploring innovative projects and partnerships to benefit the nation now and in the long term.

We increasingly borrow from ourselves (as opposed to traditional banks) so that interest is paid back to the trust and ultimately gets redistributed to citizens in the future from the profits generated by the projects we invest in.  This has allowed us to enhance quality of life and benefits for our citizens living both on and off reserve.

NFN Owned Business

Beaucage Park
The park remains open for weekend day use by NFN members and affiliates during the summer months.  Members planning a large gathering should call ahead. View the 2019 Beaucage Park Hours of Operation & Rules of Use.


Contact Information

Michael Harney, Economic Development Manager
705-753-2050 ext. 1264 | michaelh@nfn.ca

Thomas Lambert, Economic Development Officer / Employment & Training Manager
705-753-2050 ext. 6985 | thomasl@nfn.ca

Sarah Fisher, Economic Development/Employment & Training Assistant
705-753-2050 ext. 1243 | sarahf@nfn.ca