Over 1 million dollars in grants is going to four different Aboriginal groups.

The announcement was made in Timmins yesterday, as Ontario’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister was in town.

David Zimmer spoke at the Aboriginal Energy Symposium, saying the funding is part of a three year, 25 million dollar project.

Zimmer says it is an indication that Kathleen Wynne is committed to Aboriginal relations.

The four groups who will benefit from this funding are as follows:

•Mushkegowuk Council – $457,348 over three years to implement its regional business organization project, allowing them to be effective partners in resource development and other emerging sectors.

•MoCreebec of Moose Factory – $283,767 over three years to hire an economic development officer to broaden its economic base and identify new opportunities for growth.

•Fort Albany First Nation – $279,205 over three years to hire a youth economic development officer to create long-term plans to help young people find good jobs through community economic development and training.

•Chapleau Cree First Nation – $100,000 this year to work with energy experts to develop a regional renewable energy plan.