Fort McKay First Nation

Fort McKay First Nation
Noralta Lodge Ltd.

Noralta Lodge Ltd.

April 25, 2016 13:13 ET

Fort McKay First Nation and Noralta Lodge Venture Named Dene Koe Workforce Lodging & Services

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 25, 2016) -

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Fort McKay First Nation and Noralta Lodge are proud to announce the name of their new venture: Dene Koe Workforce Lodging & Services.

Dene Koe, pronounced "Den-ay Kuh-way" is the Dene term meaning people's home, or village, which reflects the mission of the new venture as providing a home for those working in and visiting the region.

"It was important to us that the name represent the roots of the Fort McKay people. We are proud to honour our partners' community and we will strive to create the same sense of home for the guests Dene Koe serves as we always have at Noralta Lodge," said Corey Smith, president and CEO of Noralta Lodge.

"Having our nation's culture reflected in the company serves as a reminder that yes, we are a First Nations community and that we are also a forward thinking business minded community. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to welcoming customers to Dene Koe," Chief Jim Boucher, Fort McKay First Nation.

Dene Koe provides open lodging service for oilsands workers at Noralta Lodge's existing Fort McMurray Village, a property offering 3500 rooms north of Fort McMurray. Dene Koe will also be providing facilities management services to oil producers in the region, which involves managing the operations of producer-owned workforce lodging facilities, as well as other related services such as workforce transportation within the region.

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Noralta Lodge is shifting the focus of the lodging industry towards wellness by demonstrating the importance of quality accommodations on the productivity, safety, retention, and attraction of employees. Through its full service open lodge accommodations, facilities management services, and turnkey solutions, Noralta Lodge is offering unmatched hospitality wherever you work. For more information, please visit Noralta Lodge's website at


As a First Nation, FMFN is a leader in working collaboratively with industry, and holds a successful and long established record of strong relationship building with the various companies operating adjacent to its land and territory. Fort McKay has aimed to maximize its participation in the economy to create sustainable, long-term growth and development. Visit for more information.

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