News Release - September 15, 2000
TREATY FOUR GOVERNANCE CENTRE RECEIVES TOURISM FUNDING
A major new First Nations centre near Fort Qu'Appelle has received federal and
provincial funding to help it meet its tourism goals.
The $6.5 million Treaty Four Governance Centre was officially opened today.
The administrative centre of the Treaty Four First Nations has received
$500,000 in capital funding from the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic
Partnership Agreement (WEPA). Western Economic Diversification Canada
contributed an additional $500,000 for design and construction costs of tourism
features that are part of the governance centre.
"This creation of a major centre such as this provides employment opportunities
for the area," Secretary of State for Western Economic Diversification Ron J.
Duhamel said. "It also builds on the existing tourism infrastructure, adding a
rich and significant Aboriginal tourism attraction. I am also pleased the WEPA
can be involved with this historic and significant project. We're helping
strengthen the tourism infrastructure for this region, one of the goals of this
"The Treaty Four grounds have been a gathering place for First Nations people
for more than 3,000 years," Economic and Co-operative Development Minister
Janice MacKinnon said. "This multi-use building has enormous tourism potential
and will be a gathering place for a new century for Aboriginal and non-
Aboriginal people alike."
The centre houses administrative and educational offices and museum space for
the 34 Indian bands that comprise the Treaty Four First Nations. The facility
includes the Chief's Legislative Assembly and Gallery, First Nations Archive
and Keeping House and cultural centre. A striking feature of the building is
the Legislative Council Chamber, designed in the form of a large contemporary
The centre is located on the west shore of Mission Lake on ancient hunting and
camping grounds that are the site of the annual Treaty Four gathering. The
historic Treaty Four was signed on the site in 1874, covering a large area of
southern Saskatchewan, western Manitoba and southern Alberta.
From 1998 to 2002 the Canada/Saskatchewan WEPA, administered by Western
Economic Diversification Canada and Saskatchewan Economic and Co-operative
Development, will direct $40 million toward initiatives that support new
economic infrastructure, tourism products, export and marketing initiatives and
new economic opportunities, including rural and northern economic development.
For more information, contact:
Joanne Mysak, Manager Bob Ellis
Consultations, Marketing and Communications Manager, Corporate Affairs
Western Economic Diversification Canada Economic and Co-operative
Phone: (306) 975-5942 Regina
WD Toll-Free No.: 1-888-338-WEST (9378) Phone: (306) 787-1691