New Satikw Crossing bridge to provide further business opportunities for First
PENTICTON, BC, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Penticton Indian Band is set
to build a new bridge crossing in British Columbia. The Satikw Crossing will open up many community economic development opportunities
for the First Nation by providing further business opportunities, more
jobs, and potential for revenue. The bridge will provide access from
Highway 97 to Channel Lands -- the location of future development of
the First Nation's 250,000 square feet of retail space, 270,000 square
feet of business/light commercial park, and a 150 room hotel.
Expanding opportunities for Aboriginal peoples to fully participate in
the economy is a priority for the Government of Canada. The Government
of Canada contributed $500,000 to support the bridge's engineering and
design. Funding was made available through AANDC's Community Economic Opportunities Program.
The Satikw Crossing bridge will connect Highway 97 to the existing Green Avenue
providing access to Channel Lands adjacent the Penticton Regional
The investment is made possible through the Community Economic Opportunities Program which provides project-based support to those First Nation and Inuit
communities that have the best opportunities for public services in
"Investments like these are examples of how our government supports
First Nations in pursuing economic development opportunities for their
community and fully participating in Canada's economy to the benefit of
both the First Nation and surrounding communities."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"The recent funding announcement by AANDC to support a vital bridge
project connecting the Penticton Indian Band lands with the City of
Penticton will bring critical jobs and growth opportunities for the
entire region for years to come."
Chief Jonathan Kruger
Penticton Indian Band
Community Economic Opportunities Program (CEOP)
First Nation community profile: Penticton
Penticton Indian Band website
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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