Canada's new government supports Northern Ontario Aboriginal tourism centre



    CONSTANCE LAKE FIRST NATION, ON, Sept. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The
Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, and the
Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and Minister for FedNor
congratulate the Constance Lake First Nation on the opening of its $12 million
Eagle's Earth Cree and Ojibway Historical Centre.
    "Canada's New Government is working with First Nations to support
economic development projects throughout Northern Ontario," said
Minister Strahl. "This new tourism and historical centre will provide members
of the Constance Lake First Nation, Northern Ontario residents, and tourists a
chance to learn more about the history of this First Nation and the unique
qualities of the local region."
    "Eagle's Earth is a magnificent addition to Northern Ontario's tourism
industry," added Minister Clement. "As Minister of FedNor, I am proud to
support projects that promote tourism, diversify and grow the North's economy,
and support Aboriginal communities."
    The federal government, through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
and FedNor, contributed just over $3 million toward development and
construction of the centre. The Constance Lake First Nation invested a total
of approximately $2 million and other partners - the Northern Ontario Heritage
Fund Corporation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Living
Legacy) - contributed a total of approximately $7 million to the project.
    "This centre is a premiere Aboriginal tourism destination," said
Constance Lake First Nation Chief Arthur Moore. "It will help us to preserve
and share our culture, strengthen our economic self-sufficiency and create a
better future for the First Nation and the region as a whole."
    The main features of the site, located just off Highway 11 near Hearst,
includes: a 1,022 square metre Eagle Feather building that houses Aboriginal
multimedia experiences; a 40-seat restaurant that features unique and
authentic Aboriginal cuisine; a convenience store; an authentic local arts and
craft store; and workshop rooms. It also has 20 cabins, 20 serviced
recreational vehicle sites, 20 teepee sites, a pow-wow ground, archaeological
tours, wilderness hiking trails and canoe expeditions.

    Constance Lake First Nation is located approximately 40 kilometres
northwest of Hearst, Ontario, and has approximately 1,464 members, with
approximately 731 members living on reserve.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations, INAC, (819) 953-1160; Linda
Britt, A/Communications Officer, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, (807)
624-1559; Chief Arthur Moore, Constance Lake First Nation, (705) 463-4511;
Minister Office's, FedNor, Erik Waddell, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200; Mario Paluzzi, Communications
Officer, FedNor, (705) 941-2064; This release is also available at:
www.inac.gc.ca. To find out more about FedNor, please visit
http://fednor.ic.gc.ca


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