Backgrounder: Minister Boissonnault announces federal investments in Indigenous tourism and economic development experiences in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories


The Government of Canada announced $1,418,150 to support Indigenous tourism initiatives in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.

Investments are being made through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) administered by PrairiesCan in the Prairie Provinces, and the Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) Program, administered by CanNor in Canada’s Northern region.

Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) – $1,034,150

Launched in July 2021, the TRF helps organizations and businesses in the tourism sector adapt their operations to meet public health requirements. It also offer new or enhanced products and services to help the sector attract more domestic and international visitors, and prepare for future growth. Today, 5 Manitoba TRF projects funded through PrairiesCan were announced:

  • Molson Lake Lodge ($52,450)
    Re-open and expand a remote northern fishing lodge in Norway House
  • Manitoba Indigenous Tourism Association ($500,000)
    Provide business development support to Manitoba Indigenous tourism operators and to undertake 'destination development' activities to attract visitors to Manitoba's Indigenous tourism sector
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery ($421,700)
    Launch new, major Indigenous art exhibits; introduce a series of new museum tours; and create virtual tours to enhance visitor offering at WAG-Qaumajuq. Additionally, launch a summer touring exhibit to rural Manitoba that will help promote the museum and draw in visitors from other regions of the province
  • Prairie Berry ($60,000)
    Expand their farm-to-table experience by adding incremental space to accommodate more visitors, improving the multipurpose building, as well as adding further Indigenous cultural offerings in Glenlea, Manitoba

Inclusive Diversification and Economic Advancement in the North (IDEANorth) – $384,000

IDEANorth makes foundational investments in economic infrastructure, sector development and capacity building to help position Northerners in the territories to take advantage of Canada's innovation economy. Today, 1 IDEANorth project in the Northwest Territories, funded through CanNor was announced:

  • Techi?Q Ltd ($384,000)
    Support Grey Goose Lodge upgrades including the installation of new boilers, creation of a conference room, development of new operations and training manuals, marketing material, website updates and the purchase of furniture, and shipping costs

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Kyle Allen
Press Secretary and Communication Advisor
Office of the Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for Prairies Economic Development Canada, and Minister responsible for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Chris Minaker
Director, Policy, Planning and External Relations
Prairies Economic Development Canada

Barbara Abramchuk
Communications Advisor
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CANNOR)

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