August 18, 2014 - Cranbrook, BC - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Today, Mark Strahl, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced that the Harper Government is assisting Aboriginal tourism companies in British Columbia capitalize on increased visitor demand for authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences.
The Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC) is currently working with 25 Aboriginal tourism businesses in the province of British Columbia to help them capitalize on the increased demand. The Government is contributing to the implementation of AtBC’s Cultural Tourism Action Plan over the next three years.
Parliamentary Strahl made the announcement for $1.8 million to AtBC at the St. Eugene Resort in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Over the next three years, this funding will be used to support market-ready tourism businesses and to expand the association’s Authentic Aboriginal certification program. Funding support is provided through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI). It is intended to increase Aboriginal participation in complex economic opportunities by coordinating the efforts and investments of multiple federal partners.
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
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