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Plans unveiled for 155-room hotel at Dakota Dunes

Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear said the hotel continues the vision of turning Whitecap into a premier tourist destination. API Development Consultants / Supplied

A new hotel is planned for Whitecap Dakota First Nation south of Saskatoon.

Ground was broken on Thursday on the $38 million Dakota Dunes hotel project, which will have 155 rooms, a fitness and business centre, pool, and restaurant.

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Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear said it continues the vision of turning Whitecap into a premier tourist destination.

“The Dakota Dunes Hotel is an integral part of our vision that will see Whitecap become a premiere tourism destination resort in Western Canada,” Bear said.

“This is a truly an exciting day for our First Nation as we continue on our economic path of building a sustainable community.”

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The federal government is contributing $8.6 million to the project, with the remaining funds coming from private lenders and the First Nation.

“I’m thrilled to be celebrating the ground breaking for a new hotel and conference centre in Whitecap Dakota First Nation,” said federal Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott in a statement.

“The Dakota Dunes hotel project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through partnership and collaboration to foster economic growth and opportunities in Indigenous communities.”

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Roughly 230 jobs are expected to be created during the construction phase, and up to 150 jobs once it opens in 2020.

The First Nation already has a casino and a top-ranked golf course.

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