The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre will receive $750,000 in funding, Indian Affairs and Northern Development minister Robert Nault revealed Friday.
“This announcement highlights the [federal] government’s recognition of the important role tourism plays in generating economic development activity,” said Nault, who also is MP for Kenora-Rainy River.
“Promotion of this aboriginal historical centre will benefit the accommodation, restaurant, service, and retail sectors,” he noted.
Nault unveiled Ottawa’s contribution—through FedNor—during the Rainy River First Nation’s annual fish fry Friday at the Manitou Mounds.
The funding was granted for the centre to pursue initiatives to promote the site as part of a package tour in the region, with $500,000 designated for exhibit construction.
The remaining $250,000 is to be spent to support Web site and interactive CD-ROM enhancements, brochure production, signage, tour development, and mail and radio promotions.
“This project allows us to build and expand relationships between our community and other First Nation governments, municipalities, businesses, and the people of the Rainy River District,” said Rainy River First Nation Chief Jim Leonard.
“Some of it is to be used to complete exhibits in the building and to start the promotion of the ‘Old Road,’” he added.
The “Old Road,” is a historical tourism route being established between Manitou Rapids and Fort William in Thunder Bay.
The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung site represents the largest remaining burial mound complex in Canada. It was declared a site of national significance in 1970.