Red Lake was established in the 19th century as an outpost for fur trading between the local Ojibway and the European settlers. As the fur industry struggled in the late 19th century, an exciting new gold mining industry took its place.
Mining continues to have a major economic influence in the Red Lake area. Goldcorp Red Lake Gold Mines is the largest employer in the region employing over 1,200 people. www.goldcorp.com
In the recent past forestry has also played a significant role in the local economy. Despite the recent national forestry crisis, an extremely promising and ambitious project known as Two Feathers First Products LP is scheduled to start in the area. The project will involve the construction of a plant to manufacture value-added wood products for overseas markets.
With over 100 fishing and hunting camps in the Red Lake region, tourism factors significantly in the regional economy. Eco-tourism is currently growing in popularity and presents new opportunity for employment and innovation. Additional employment exists in the hospitality, retails and service sectors which cater to the major industries in Red Lake as well as local residents.
For additional employment opportunities, go to www.myredlake.com