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Wolf Lake First Nation (Hunter's Point Algonquin Community)

Minister Geoffrey Kelley opens Camp La Lucarne

Québec, July 27, 2011 – The Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Geoffrey Kelley, the Member of the National Assembly for Rouyn-Noranda–Témiscamingue and Parliamentary assistant to the Minister responsible for Native Affairs, Daniel Bernard, and the Algonquin Chief of Wolf Lake First Nation, Harry St. Denis, participated today in the opening ceremony for Camp La Lucarne.

The Minister gave Chief Harry St. Denis a cheque for $98,750 which constituted the first instalment of the $197,500 grant allotted to the band council for the acquisition and renovation of this camp, which is located along Lake Kipawa. This funding coming from the SAA’s Aboriginal Development Fund will serve primarily to repair the roof of the main pavilion, add a spa and install a rental service for canoes, kayaks and mountain bikes.

In addition to a central pavilion that can welcome tourists all year long, the property contains five seasonal cabins that overlook the lake, a marina, a beach and a playground. Hunting and fishing activities, as well as restaurant and housing services already offered by the former owner, will be continued. However, the Algonquin people wish to improve the offer by including a cultural and ecotourism component.

“Being close to nature and great hunting and fishing experts, the Algonquin people of Wolf Lake First Nation are the perfect people to operate this outfitter. I am convinced that they will succeed. It is an investment that the government is making with confidence and optimism,” said Minister Kelley.

“We, the Algonquin First Nation of Wolf Lake, are pleased to welcome you as our future guest at Camp La Lucarne on beautiful Lake Kipawa. Since the time before memory, the traditional waterways have been the heart and bloodline of the Algonquin people. Today at this grand opening, we reconnect with our past while building our future prosperity—Meegwetch,” concluded Chief St. Denis.

“The Algonquin people of Wolf Lake are proving to be great entrepreneurs. They stand out from the rest, especially when it comes to tourism. The tourism offering that they are currently establishing with the acquisition of Camp La Lucarne will benefit all visitors to the region,” declared Daniel Bernard. 

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Le chalet principal du camp La Lucarne.

Le ministre responsable des Affaires autochtones, Geoffrey Kelley, en compagnie du chef de l’Assemblée des premières nations du Québec et du Labrador, Ghislain Picard, du chef de la première nation de Wolf Lake, Harry St-Denis, du député de Rouyn-Noranda et adjoint parlementaire aux affaires autochtones, Daniel Bernard, de la directrice générale du Conseil de la première nation de Wolf Lake, Rosanne Van Schie, et de la conseillère au Conseil de la première nation de Wolf Lake, Sonia Young, à l’inauguration du camp La Lucarne.

Signature gouvernementale
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