Three Aboriginal events in Alberta received new funding from the provincial government Sunday.

The grants, totalling $80,000, were announced at the Sharing Our Culture pow pow in Calgary's Heritage Park. The money is part of the Alberta government's efforts to increase tourism by investing in festivals and events with potential for tourism growth.

"Aboriginal people are an integral part of the province's history, society and culture," said Robin Campbell, Alberta's minister of Aboriginal relations. "Funding these events is another way to offer Albertans the opportunity to become more aware of and enjoy Alberta's Aboriginal heritage and people."

The three recipients of the grants are:

  • Sharing Our Culture Pow Wow, Sept. 15, in Calgary
  • International Peace Pow Wow, Feb. 1 to 2, 2014, in Lethbridge
  • ‚ÄčThe Making Treaty Seven event, Sept. 2014, in Calgary

Tourism is a $7.8 billion industry in Alberta, employing 139,000 people and attracting more than 35 million visitors each year.