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Sharing Aboriginal culture with Albertans and visitors

In support of Premier Alison Redford’s vision to build Alberta’s communities, three Aboriginal events are receiving funding from the Alberta government.

The three grants, totaling $80,000, will help establish and expand the reach of these cultural celebrations.

“Visitors to Alberta are looking for authentic experiences that help them connect with the places they explore.  There is tremendous potential to grow Aboriginal events to meet this demand.  Our investment will help these events draw larger crowds, generate economic benefits, and help share an important part of Alberta’s story.”

Richard Starke, Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation

The grants are part of the Alberta government’s efforts to increase tourism by investing in festivals and events that demonstrate potential for tourism growth.  The grants will be used to develop and implement strategies to increase tourism visitation and expenditures.

Aboriginal tourism grant recipients

  • Sharing Our Culture Pow Wow, September 15, in Calgary
  • International Peace Pow Wow, February 1-2, 2014 in Lethbridge
  • The Making Treaty 7 event, September 2014, in Calgary

“Aboriginal people are an integral part of the province’s history, society and culture.  Funding these events is another way to offer Albertans the opportunity to become more aware of and enjoy Alberta’s Aboriginal heritage and people.”

Robin Campbell, Minister of Aboriginal Relations

Tourism is a $7.8 billion industry in Alberta, employing 139,000 people and attracting more than 35 million visits each year.

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.


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