SCUGOG: The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) and Noozhoo Nokiiyan Limited Partnership (NNLP) celebrated the official grand opening of the Minisi Convenience Store, Tim Hortons and Fill-Up Fuels plaza on Sunday, August 13th.
The plaza, located across from the Great Blue Heron Casino, on Scugog Island, took about a year to complete.
“It’s brought pride to our people,” Mississaugas Chief Kelly LaRocca said. “Our hope is to offer more hospitality for those coming out to the Pow Wow or the Great Blue Heron Casino. We are hopeful that more people will come out to the first nation and have a coffee.”
Chief LaRocca explained the project was on a tight timeline.
“If you don’t meet Tim Hortons’ deadline, you might get pushed to the back of the line,” she explained.
The Chief added that an office space and car wash are currently in the plans for the site.
The First Nation created the Noozhoo Nokiiyan Limited Partnership to create, develop and guide economic development initiatives for the first nation.
“Scugog Island First Nation has been working hard to close the persistent gaps that exist between indigenous and non indigenous peoples, when it comes to employment opportunities, education, income and housing,” NNLP CEO Claire Sault said.
First nation councillor Laura Colwell called the opening of this plaza a win for the first nation.
“It is a very proud day for MSIFN and I look forward to the future economic development endeavours ahead,” she said. “I am proud to be a part, and to share, in this great accomplishment. I am proud that MSIFN can offer employment opportunities, not only to our members, but to everyone.”