From the Minister

September 04, 2020 | Alberta's Recovery Plan

A true partnership between Alberta’s government and Indigenous communities can lead to a strong recovery for all Albertans.

June 03, 2020 | Indigenous relations

Bringing justice and healing to the families and communities who have lost so much.

Accomplishments

working group member photo

Ending violence against Indigenous women and girls is the focus of the Alberta government’s Alberta Joint Working Group on Missing and Murdered Women and Girls.

Premier Jason Kenney and Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson join the first Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation Board of Directors meeting.

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

Learn how Métis organizations can be considered for consultation if they successfully demonstrate a credible assertion of Métis Aboriginal rights.

Aboriginal Business Investment Fund

Discover how community-owned Indigenous businesses can now apply for investment backing from the Aboriginal Business Investment Fund.

First Nations Protocol Agreements

Learn how protocol agreements help the provincial government and First Nations in Alberta to work together on issues of mutual concern.

Indigenous community consultations continue

Find out how using remote meeting tools will help industry and Indigenous communities keep Albertans working on natural resource development projects.

Biography

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.