Introducing Akwesasne's First "Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre"

Seskehko:wa / September 8, 2015

AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY - Economic Development Program would like to announce to the community that within the upcoming weeks, the “Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre” will be opening at the Peace Tree Trade Centre on Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island).

The Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre will highlight local Artisans with a rotating quarterly spotlight. The Tourism Coordinator will be conducting a call out for artisans from various artistic outlets from the community of Akwesasne to feature their work. This will be free-of-charge to help promote the artists in the community.

The results of the Economic Leakage Study, which was conducted in 2014, identified that Akwesasronon in the Northern Portion spend $140 million per year.  Out of that $140 million, $107 million or 76% of that is leaked off and spent outside the Territory.  The goal of the Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre is to bring in more revenue from outsiders to increase local economic activity.  The Centre will also serve as a hub for the entire community to utilize and promote local businesses, artisans and events.

The Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre project is funded by the Economic Diversification Grant of the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund. An initiative of the government of Ontario, the Aboriginal Economic Development Fund supports promising projects that lead to employment, training and business opportunities for Aboriginal people. For more information, visit www.ontario.ca/aboriginal/aboriginal-peoples-ontario economy.

If anyone in the community is hosting an event feel free to drop off flyer and we will display in the centre as well as promoting on our Facebook page and Experience Akwesasne website.  If you would like more information on the Experience Akwesasne Welcome Centre, please contact LaToya Rourke at (613) 575-2250 extension #1800 or direct line at (613)-575- 5011.