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Pandemic impact puts First Nation businesses at risk – Northern Ontario Business

Anishnawbe Business Professional Association calls for government stimulus package

First Nation business owners are taking the brunt of the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, and a Thunder Bay-based business advocacy group is calling for government aid to help keep them afloat.

Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized enterprises are more vulnerable and face a more challenging environment than their non-indigenous counterparts in surviving this global pandemic, said the Anishnawbe Business Professional Association (ABPA).

“Our First Nations leaders are aware that the risk and negative impact of the outbreak can be even greater for remote First Nations and the key players in the Northern economy and associated supply chains,” said ABPA president Jason Rasevych in a statement.

“Aggressive efforts must be taken across the public and private sector to limit the losses to jobs and incomes and support a swift recovery once the disruptions abate,” he said.

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