Three Indigenous training, skill development, and innovation initiatives have received $2.1M from FedNor to support learning and job placements in the Thunder Bay region. Matawa Training and Wellness Centre will use $1M for renovations to support its Increase Skills Development Project. “The investments today will enable renovations to the third floor of another part of [the centre’s] building, including the construction and upgrading of five classrooms, a computer lab, multi-use trading rooms, a resource centre, client program area and an apprentice streaming workshop,” said Matawa First Nations Management Rosemary Moonias. “We are now able to make these classrooms smart classrooms.” Confederation College will receive $890K to support the Evergreen Outdoor Classroom project. The college is developing an area with a fully accessible learning site, additional seating, medicine gardens, integrated gardens, and more. Lakehead University will receive $234K to support the establishment of a Centre for Healthy Ecosystems and Environmentally Conscious Economic Development.