From the Minister
A challenging year that drew us together.
As the minister of Indigenous Relations, I have been honoured and moved by many moments and acts of reconciliation I shared with Indigenous Peoples in Alberta.
Cutting red tape frees up time and energy that is best spent where it matters most: community building and economic recovery.
Our job is to build a future where Indigenous women can look ahead to a bright future and not over their shoulders, in fear of their lives.
One thing has become clear to me as Minister of Indigenous Relations: relationship is the basis for everything.
A true partnership between Alberta’s government and Indigenous communities can lead to a strong recovery for all Albertans.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cut red tape for industry and communities through the revision of the Proponent’s Guide on Indigenous consultation.
- Established the Alberta government’s Métis credible assertion process, where consultation will occur if organizations (other than Metis Settlements) first successfully demonstrate a credible assertion of Aboriginal rights.
- Assisted the first Métis organization in establishing the right to consultation on Aboriginal harvesting rights in Fort McKay.
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Minister Wilson was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Maskwacîs-Wetaskiwin.
Wilson brings an extensive record of public service to the legislature, including: 15 years as County Councillor with County of Wetaskiwin, seven years as Chairman of Crossroads Regional Health Authority, six years as Member of the Western Canadian Agriculture Debt Review Board, five years as School Board Trustee with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools and decades as a local business owner and farmer.
Wilson’s family farm has been in operation for more than 100 years, and is recognized as an Alberta Century Farm and Ranch. Through his own hard work, in addition to that of his family, he has earned a place in the history of Wetaskiwin. As much as the Wilson family is deeply connected to the land his farm sits upon, he recognizes The Maskwacîs-Wetaskiwin region is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 15,000 Indigenous citizens.
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 appointed as Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister on April 30, 2019. He brings his rich life experience and dedication to Alberta’s First Nations to the portfolio, and remains focused on reconciliation, consultation, and ensuring that Alberta’s First Nations are partners in the prosperity of the province.