Minister Rick Wilson
Rick Wilson was sworn in as Minister of Indigenous Relations on April 30, 2019.
The Premier's mandate letter to the Minister of Indigenous Relations outlines the objectives and priorities of the work they will focus on in their role.
A new monument will be placed in the reconciliation garden at the Alberta legislature in memory of children who died at residential schools.
The Residential Schools Community Research Grant was developed to fund engagement research and related activities associated with the deaths and burials of children at Indian residential schools.
The Alberta Indigenous Opportunity Corporation's mandate has expanded to include major agriculture, transportation and telecommunications projects.
The province is committing $390 million over 4 years to improve access to high-speed internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities through Alberta’s Broadband Strategy.
Our revised Proponent’s Guide on Indigenous consultation eases red tape for industry and communities.
- Funded the Employment Partnership Program to support Indigenous people in training and employment.
- Operated the First Nations Development Fund, which provides grants for economic, social and community projects.
- Redesigned the Indigenous Housing Capital Program to offer more flexibility and autonomy for Indigenous communities to build affordable housing.
- Partnered with the federal government to help fund the construction of 32 affordable housing units in remote northern Alberta communities.
- Worked with the Canadian government to help fund the construction of 24 new affordable rental and rent-to-own units in Edmonton for Paul Band members.
- Partnered with the federal government to start construction on housing for Blackfoot women who intend to move to Lethbridge from nearby reserves.
- Invested $3.25 million in Indigenous learning success to support and expand opportunities for Indigenous learners.
- Reached a deal between the Siksika Nation and the governments of Alberta and Canada to have the Nation take over policing responsibilities from the RCMP.
Working with Indigenous communities, the federal government, industry and other stakeholders to support strong, vibrant Indigenous communities and people who fully participate in a prosperous, competitive and diverse Alberta. The ministry is also responsible for:
- promoting social and economic opportunities for Indigenous Peoples
- co-leading Indigenous training for all Alberta public servants
- working with other ministries to develop opportunities for Indigenous Peoples to influence land and resource management decisions.
- Alberta budget
- List of public agencies
- Media inquiries
- Personal information bank directories
The new Alberta MMIWG Roadmap will guide work with government on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people.
Grants to 5 urban Indigenous organizations will help Indigenous people stay connected to their cultures and support their well-being.
Supporting well-being for Indigenous women
Three grants will help provide Indigenous women in Alberta with the skills and support they need to find careers and improve their livelihoods.
Stopping the violence against two-spirit people
Edmonton 2 Spirit Society is receiving a provincial grant to create a safer future for missing and murdered two-spirit people, survivors and their families.
Reclaiming Indigenous names
Residential school survivors and their families can file for a legal name change to traditional Indigenous names at no cost.
- Apr 21, 2023
Indigenous organizations can apply for funding from the Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative and the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund starting April 21.
- Apr 17, 2023
Budget 2023 increases support for Indigenous job creators and entrepreneurs by boosting funding to the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund (ABIF) by 50 per cent.
- Apr 12, 2023
Budget 2023 invests $9 million into a new reconciliation grant program for Indigenous communities and $15 million into building a safer province for Indigenous women.