Mandate letter

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.

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From the Minister

May 10, 2021 | Indigenous relations

Red Dress Day honours the spirits of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

April 1, 2021 | Indigenous relations

Alberta’s government is taking action to reduce domestic violence for all people across Alberta.

March 19, 2021 | Indigenous relations

Alberta’s government has taken one more concrete step towards making reconciliation a lived reality.

March 11, 2021 | Indigenous relations

Widens the door to self-determining Metis Settlements.


Alberta’s government will invest up to $150 million to expand and improve broadband internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.

Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation is a first-of-its-kind Crown corporation to facilitate Indigenous investments and job creation.

Worked with the Premier to renew a protocol agreement with the Blackfoot Confederacy as a foundation for working closely together.

Key information

  • Economic programs

    • Played a key role in the creation of the Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation, a $1 billion crown-corporation investing in job-creating natural resource and infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
    • Opened intake for applications for Aboriginal Business Investment Fund, to provide eligible Indigenous community-owned businesses with up to $500,000 for ventures that demonstrate social and economic benefits for their communities.
    • Supported the provision of $3.1 million to the Employment Partnership Program, which will support Indigenous people in training and employment.
  • Cross-government work

    • Built relationships with all Indigenous communities during countless province-wide community visits and meetings.
    • Collaborated with federal and Indigenous governments to support Indigenous safety during COVID-19, ensuring all Albertans benefit from pandemic planning and response.
    • Worked with Alberta government ministries on programs supporting Indigenous Peoples through affordable housing, addiction treatment beds and the $1 billion Site Rehabilitation Program.
  • Indigenous consultation

In focus

Taking quick, effective action to cut costs and deliver relief to help families, businesses and vulnerable Albertans.

Funding to help Indigenous communities research undocumented Indigenous deaths and burial sites.

Alberta’s government will invest in Indigenous-led mental health efforts, including supporting the healing of residential school survivors and their families.


Rick Wilson was sworn in as minister of Indigenous Relations on April 30, 2019.

Prior to his service as an elected official, Mr. Wilson served 15 years as County Councillor with County of Wetaskiwin, 7 years as Chairman of Crossroads Regional Health Authority, 6 years as Member of the Western Canadian Agriculture Debt Review Board, 5 years as School Board Trustee with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools and decades as a local business owner and farmer.

Mr. Wilson grew up and went to school with the First Nations of Maskwacîs. He lived near the 4 bands in the Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach, which he considers an integral part of his personal story.

Rick Wilson was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Maskwacîs-Wetaskiwin on April 16, 2019 and was re-elected on May 29, 2023.