"This project is a great example of what can be achieved through partnership.” Minister Jane Philpott
Photos by Brad Crowfoot
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation has broken ground on a new economic development venture on their land west of Edmonton.
On Oct. 16, community members gathered, dignitaries were handed shovels, and dug in to start construction on a new Petro-Canada gas station.
The Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation’s new gas station is the result of a Band initiative to create employment opportunities and provide economic sustainability on reserve.
“If we are going to sustain and survive ourselves, it has to be at our hand,” said Chief Tony Alexis during the ground-breaking ceremony. “It has to be our effort and it has to be where we build business, we create money and resources for our community.
“And if we do it that way we have more resources to channel to education, to channel to our culture and our heritage, and reviving those ancient teachings of ours.”
Canada is providing $878,520 in funding through the Community Opportunity Readiness Program, which helps Indigenous communities support economic development opportunities. The funds will be used for professional and technical services, as well as for economic infrastructure and capital costs.
Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated Chief Alexis and the council.
"This project is a great example of what can be achieved through partnership and collaboration to foster economic growth and opportunity."
Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation is located near Edmonton and is a member of Treaty 6. It’s on-reserve population is 1,170 people with a total registered population of 2,065.