Sheehan Announces Support for Batchewana First Nation’s Information Technology Infrastructure


Government of Canada invests $134,400 to further Economic Development Opportunities for regional First Nation Communities.

February 9, 2018 – Sault Ste. Marie, ON –Today, Terry Sheehan, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, together with Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers, announced – on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services – funding for Batchewana First Nation to modernize its information technology system.

“We know that access to technology and innovation is critical to having opportunities and participating in the modern economy. My priority for the riding of Sault Ste. Marie has always been jobs and the economy.  That’s why I’m really excited about this type of funding support.” said,  Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie

Indigenous Services Canada is providing $134,400 to support this IT modernization through its Community Opportunity Readiness Program. This program addresses the financial needs of First Nation communities in their pursuit of, and participation in, economic opportunities.

“Today’s investment will bring much needed automation to current and future businesses operated by Batchewana First Nation, and I am very pleased our government can support this initiative.” said, The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P. Minister of Indigenous Services

The funding will be used to update the First Nation’s existing system and will include integrated servers, an automated accounting system and debit/credit transaction capabilities for use at all of the community’s businesses.


“Batchewana First Nation will greatly benefit from the modernization of internal technology systems. Our leadership continuously work to seek out new ways to better serve our membership and improve the operations of our administration. The investment made in part by Indigenous Services demonstrates their firm support for our First Nation and we greatly appreciate it.” said,  Chief Dean Sayers, Batchewana First Nation