The Pacheedaht First Nation is receiving $30,000 from the federal B.C. Economic Partnerships Initiative and $30,000 from the provincial Economic Measures Fund to support its work to develop a beach-front resort in Snuggery Cove in Port Renfrew.
The joint investment was announced Tuesday (April 22, 2003) by Stephen Owen, Secretary of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Geoff Plant, Minister Responsible for Treaty Negotiations.
The funding is to help the First Nation pursue a joint venture partnership with a developer and plan and market the resort.
Plans for the resort include 32 cabins, a 21-suite hotel and a restaurant. It is estimated that, once completed, the resort will create up to 40 full-time jobs.
"We are very grateful for the assistance from British Columbia and Canada," said Pacheedaht First Nation Chief Jeff Jones. "The funding provides a valuable opportunity to involve the Pacheedaht First Nation in rebuilding a lost forest economy in the Port Renfrew area with a new direction in tourism. As the project progresses, we anticipate benefits to all residents in Port Renfrew."
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