For Immediate Release
Ground Turning Ceremony for New Fish Processing Plant
Ile a la Crosse, July 21, 2016 - The Ile a la Crosse Fish Company Inc. marked the beginning of construction of a new 6,000-square-foot, $2.2-million federally-certified fish processing plant with a ground-turning ceremony on July 21, 2016.
“The funding details and architectural design for the new fish processing facility are now done. It’s time we started construction,” says Larry Gardiner, Chair of the local Big Island Fishers Co-operative and President of the Ile a la Crosse Fish Company. “It’s been a lot of work by many good people, organizations, funders, and fishers. We look forward to seeing the building completed and operational.” Gardiner expresses his appreciation to Western Economic Diversification Canada, Clarence Campeau Development Fund, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Saskatchewan Métis Economic Development Corporation, for their funding support.
“I’m pleased that the construction is starting on the new fish processing plant for Ile-a-la-Crosse,” said the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “The plant will help strengthen economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples in the area. The Government of Canada is committed to supporting all entrepreneurs and businesses to help them identify new markets and scale up for growth, which, in turn, supports Canada’s economic prosperity.”
Elected leadership in Ile a la Crosse was pivotal in achieving success in a number of levels. They continue to support the fishers to achieve an economically sustainable future. “On behalf of the community we look forward to having the new fish processing facility in our community to serve the whole of the Westside region and beyond,” say Ile a la Crosse Mayor Duane Favel. “This is more than just ground turning and announcing a business; it’s accessing the investment, training our people, and ensuring we succeed with marketing our product. We deserve this, because we worked hard to achieve it. As Northern Saskatchewan Aboriginal and Métis leaders, we are doing what we must to help enhance the financial prosperity of our people.”
Mr. Vince Ahenakew, Chair for the Sakitawak Development Corporation (SDC), says the community-owned development entity charged to create and establish business, “As the community and fishers were, the Board of SDC has been waiting a long time for us to break ground for the construction of the new facility.”
For more information contact:
Chief Executive Officer
Sakitawak Development Corporation
Phone 306 833 2466
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