The Government of Canada is turning its eyes to the Alberta as they focus on developing Indigenous tourism in the province. Last week, Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) proudly announced their new federal funding from the Western Economic Diversification Canada.
On behalf of the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada, Karen McCrimmon, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency, announce the funding that would go to developing Indigenous tourism growth, business, and skills training. A grand total of $2,800,360 will be given to this industry.
According to Cision, the division for the funding are listed below:
- $1,000,000 for the Regional Innovation Ecosystem program stream for Indigenous Tourism Alberta. It will focus on creating a program that promotes, strengthens, and grows the Indigenous industry. This includes hosting community tourism readiness programs, tourist summits, and cultural awareness programs.
- $829,860 for the Western Diversification Program for the TsuuT’ina Nation. They plan to create two skills training programs in Calgary. It is to pre-qualify candidates for employment at nation-based enterprises.
- $750,000 will go to the Western Diversification Program for O’Chiese Contracting Limited Partnership (OCLP) to purchase construction equipment to support First Nation business opportunities. New equipment will allow OCLP to be more rigorous in finding as well as maintaining contracts with other resource development companies.
- $220,500 through the Regional Innovation Ecosystem program stream for Business Link to deliver a two-year outreach program to help increase the access of Indigenous businesses to federal government procurement opportunities.
Around 126 businesses are expected to benefit from this program. It will train around 200 indigenous people, too.
“We are incredibly pleased to be working with the Government of Canada to support authentic Indigenous tourism in Alberta. The key to success for the future of Indigenous tourism is the ability to foster and build collaborative relationships with key partners. This partnership supports Indigenous Tourism Alberta’s mission to provide leadership in the development and marketing of authentic Indigenous tourism experiences in this growing industry.” says Tarra Wright Many Chief, Executive Director, Indigenous Tourism Alberta.
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