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Back in February of 1979, six bands in Saskatchewan were interested in setting up tourist resorts on reserves, which are located near lakes. The project proposes to make people aware of progress taking place in Indian tourism and economic development.
Founding members and resort management personnel were at hand to discuss new business and progress reports of each establishment.
Chief Leon Cataract of Turnor Lake (which is located 57 miles north of Buffalo Narrows) presented a report on behalf of Zander Lake Outfitters. Chief Cataract stated that an audit is being done by Jack McDonald of Price Waterhouse Company of Saskatoon. Therefore operations of the resort is at a standstill pending the results of the audit.
Mr. Hilliard McNabb, chairman of ASIR, extended an invitation to Zander Lake Outfitters to join ASIR. Chief Cataract accepted and further negotiations will take place in the future for this northern resort.
Chief Roy Mitsuing of Loon Lake and Advisor for Makwa Lake Resort presented his report on increased fees of leased lots, which have risen from $85.00 to $340.00 per annum.
Jules Okimow, President of Makwa Lake Development Company submitted a paper requesting that $6,961.00 be decentralized to Makwa Lake Resort for Advertising and to finance a tour of the three Southern Resorts. Promotion through the use of slides is one idea, presented by Margaret Lange, Acting Co-ordinator for ASIR.
Later in the day, Chief Ray Mitsuing provided a tour of Makwa Lake Resort for the visiting delegates, who proclaimed it an excellent place to visit. Facilities include cabins, lots for sale, boat rentals, docks and a well-supplied
Mr. Ken Thomas, representing the Chamakese Resort near Chitek Lake, reported that lot fees have increased $85.00 to $275.00 per annum, with a front load of $1,000.00. Although facilities at the resort are being up-graded, already available are boat launch, picnic grounds and changing rooms. Future improvements include electrical wiring of campgrounds and trailer sites, and construction of 2 rental cabins. Three years from now, plans call for more cabins and facilities to accommodate trail rides. Band monies will be available to establish concession booths to be run by individual members. Mr. Thomas will assist in drawing up a proposal for funding in the 1980's. Also included in the plan are intentions to seek funds to train people in log-cabin building. Trainees will attend the world renowned Alan Mackie School of Log Construction in Prince George, British Columbia.
Chief McNabb discussed the Kinookimaw Beach project, located North of Regina. McNabb commented on the financial situation of the resort, stating that no major capital development has increased; everything is breaking even." Facilities include the Clubhouse, which is currently rented out for the summer. The Ski-Club rents it in the winter season.
Last Oak Park Resort manager Tony Sparvier briefly commented on the financial situation, which is under investigation by DREE (Department of Regional Economics & Expansion).
Although stable, financially, Last Oak Park is in need of repairs to the Ski-tow and golf course greens. One aspiration is to train personnel in mechanics and in other areas to maintain equipment in use on the resort. Future, plans call for building a hospitality Centre, although the government is restraining funding.
Doug Cuthand, F.S.I. Secretary contributed a few suggestions for the betterment of ASIR. Areas of consideration include the training of Resort management personnel, visits to explore operation of other resorts throughout Canada, and the U.S.A. may be beneficial. Mr. Cuthand stressed the importance that Indian historical sites around the province be intensified and accessible to the public.