EDMONTON- The Notley government is providing the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) with a $100,000 grant to help establish a provincial Indigenous tourism organization and grow tourism-related businesses across the province.
This is the first time ATAC has received grant funding from a provincial or territorial government.ATAC will use the funds to help grow tourism businesses in First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta.
Working with the government, ATAC will build and deliver an Indigenous tourism entrepreneurship program, support Indigenous tourism businesses, and support ‘Alberta Day’ at the 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Conference in Calgary, November 5-7.
“The Alberta government is proud to work in partnership with ATAC and to be the first provincial government to provide funding in support of this collaborative work. This is a tremendous opportunity to help create jobs for Indigenous communities, help strengthen Alberta’s overall economy and give visitors a meaningful, cultural experience," according to Ricardo Miranda, Minister of Culture and Tourism
“Indigenous peoples in Alberta have inspiring stories to tell and can offer authentic, educational experiences that visitors are seeking. We encourage Métis and First Nations in the province to seek out and establish tourism businesses that will create employment opportunities and grow your local community," says Keith Henry, president and CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada.
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