More tourism, expansion of post secondary schools, and enhanced economic development were some of the things Mayor Don Iveson heard during a trip to Canada’s North.
Iveson’s visit to Yellowknife and Whitehorse saw him meet with territorial staff to come up with ideas to help the communities grow.
“The clear consensus was that there was a lot more potential for partnership between Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton Tourism, and operators and tourism folks in the north. There’s a growing inventory of really great hotel space, particularly in Yellowknife as the tourism traffic grows at double digit increases every year with no signs of relenting,” said Iveson.
Part of those talks included a satellite program with post secondary institutions.
“We’re such a great post secondary city, so many people from the north come down to Edmonton to study at U of A or at NAIT or at McEwan that it seems to be there are opportunities for research satellite stations. There’s some of that already happening at Yukon College in Whitehorse.”
“I think there’s a need for that, it sounds like in Yellowknife that I’m eager to follow up with the province and with the post secondary institutions in the city. And potentially Athabasca which also plays an important role in distance learning.”
The enhanced economic development was touched on with truth and reconciliation work with first nations.
“That’s an area where the north has a lot more experience than the rest of Canada so I think there are things we can certainly learn from local and Indigenous governments in the north about how to work together and how to do economic development together.” (djs/sj)