Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

September 11, 2012 16:15 ET

Harper Government Investment to Create Jobs and Boost Economic Development in Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, joined Chief Cameron Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation today to announce the Harper Government's investment in infrastructure to support a tourism park project.

"Our government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadian families, and this investment will lead to new jobs, businesses and economic partnerships for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation," said Minister Duncan. "This will contribute to a healthier, more self-sufficient First Nation community."

Situated close to over 10,000 square kilometres of recreational Crown land, the Alexis Multi-Tourism Park will contain fully-serviced recreational vehicle (RV) stalls, unserviced campsites, a laundromat, confectionary facilities, a cultural tourism guiding outfit and conference space. The park will also play host to cultural activities, such as medicinal tours, craft-making lessons, and dancing and drumming events.

"The Government of Canada's contribution of $3 million is certainly a huge boost for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation's initiative, supported by Minister John Duncan," said Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation Chief Cameron Alexis. "The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation endeavours to work with all stakeholders, business partners and all levels of government. We strive to empower our people through meaningful employment and gain a sense of pride in ownership of the economic drivers. On behalf of my people, ish nish (thank you) to all."

The Government of Canada's $3 million investment will cover costs for water, electrical, gas and roads infrastructure for the $4.3-million project. The First Nation is investing $1.3 million to the project. Phase one of the project is expected to be completed in March 2013. When fully complete, the park will include 300 RV stalls, 100 campsites and 50 rental cabins.

"Today's announcement is good news not just for the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, but for surrounding communities as well who will benefit from the economic opportunities this project creates," said the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, Alberta. "This is another example of what is possible when government and willing partners work together towards a shared goal."

The new park will be located along Highway 43 and Highway 32N in Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, eight kilometres northwest of Whitecourt, Alberta. Whitecourt is a popular destination for recreational tourists and the site of several annual attractions and events, including jet boat races, snowmobile races and air shows. The site is a two-hour drive, 177 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada