The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation’s economic development project, the Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, opened in 1997. From the time we opened the doors to GBH we have dedicated ourselves to growing a sustainable economy for our First Nation, and we are proud of the progress we have made.
The impact the GBH has had on tourism in our community and surrounding areas is undeniable. It contributes more than $236 million annually to the regional economy. Through building community networks, MSIFN has fostered relationships of trust and respect with the Township of Scugog and Durham Region.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
MSIFN's Economic Development Advisory Committee is comprised of both community members and MSIFN staff. The role of this committee is to provide advice and recommendations to Council on matters related to business development, policies, and opportunities.
This committee also serves to develop and implement policies and coordinate an overall community economic development vision and a long-term strategic plan for the First Nation.
At MSIFN we know the value of working as a community to build and implement the most comprehensive plan. As of August 2016, MSIFN has 226 Band members, 61 of whom live on reserve and 165 who live off reserve. As a community dedicated to consultation, All members of the First Nation are consulted throughout the community development process, lead by the elected Chief and Council.
We are confident in our economic development plan, with GBH at the centre. The GBH is full of potential and we are positive the casino will continue to thrive as we expand our infrastructure and services. In addition to the casino, MSIFN is committed to protecting our heritage and passing our traditions along to future generations. We are in the process of restoring the Mississauga language and continuing Elder teachings at the First Nation and each summer, our internationally attended Pow Wow continues to grow.