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ESKASONI (NS) – November 29, 2013 – Working closely with the Eskasoni First Nation to strengthen economic development, the Government of Canada is providing funding support to develop a unique tourism product in the community. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
“Our Government is committed to promoting the growth of communities across Canada and Nova Scotia,” said Minister MacKay. “We are pleased to provide our strong support to initiatives in Cape Breton’s First Nations communities which will improve infrastructure, foster economic growth and encourage healthier lifestyles.”
The Government of Canada is providing a total of $484,077 to the Eskasoni First Nation to help implement a unique tourism product that invites visitors to experience authentic Mi’kmaq culture in the community. Eskasoni Cultural Journeys will provide a cultural tour through the eyes of the Mi'kmaq people including an interpretive boat tour of the Bras d'Or Lakes. The project also includes enhancements to the Goat Island Trail and to related marine infrastructure. Funding for this project has been provided through the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation.
“Through this initiative, our community members can share our stories and knowledge, speak our language and demonstrate our pride in who we are,” said Eskasoni Chief Leroy Denny. “This project is part of our economic strategy to create wealth and independence for our people.”
Nestled alongside the beautiful Bras d'Or Lake in eastern Cape Breton Island, Eskasoni is the largest Mi'kmaq community in the world. Deeply rooted in its culture and traditions, the community has made significant strides in developing a vibrant economic base.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a federal Crown corporation offering programs in support of commercial development, community development, environmental stewardship and real property development on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
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Eskasoni First Nation
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