First Nation announces new hotel project

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation near Saskatoon announced Friday that it will be building a hotel and spa as an addition to its casino.
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan and Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear announced a new hotel project. (CBC)

The Whitecap Dakota First Nation near Saskatoon announced Friday that it will be building a hotel and spa as an addition to its casino. The project will be partly funded by the federal government.

Federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development John Duncan and Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear made the announcement.

"Our government's top priority is jobs, growth and long-term prosperity," said Duncan. "Projects such as this lead to both."

He said the government hopes the hotel will help develop Whitecap Dakota as a tourist destination.

"The Dakota Dunes hotel is an important phase in the development of a destination resort for the region," said Bear. "It will provide economic benefits for the Whitecap community, the Lake Diefenbaker tourism destination area and the City of Saskatoon."

Once it's completed, the hotel at the Dakota Dunes Casino will have 161 rooms and employ 150 people.

The facility will have a pool, convention centre, restaurant and lounge and a fitness centre and spa.

The hotel is expected to cost $26.5 million with $3 million coming from Ottawa.

Construction is scheduled to start this fall with an opening in 2014.