PRESS RELEASE – Chiniki Nation Launches and Experiential Cultural Centre
CHINIKI NATION LAUNCHES AN EXPERIENTIAL CULTURAL CENTRE
Delivers a World-class Cultural Experience and Creates Meaningful Employment and Self Reliance
Morley, AB: The Chiniki Cultural Centre and Stones Restaurant were envisioned by Chief Aaron Young and Wayne Chiu of the Chiniki Trico Partnership as a means to create sustainable, holistic change and self-reliance for the people of the Chiniki Nation. This unique cultural destination allows the Chiniki people to share an authentic First Nations experience unlike any other. The Centre honours the Chiniki history and culture through sharing food, art, music, traditions, activities and storytelling.
The Chiniki Cultural Centre is located in the scenic foothills of Alberta, 30 minutes outside of Calgary along the Trans Canada Highway at Morley Road (Exit 131). Visitors can choose an indoor experience at Stones Restaurant, the Gallery Shop, and Cultural Exhibition area or participate in special programming and activities in an authentic Tipi Encampment.
Wayne Chiu of Chiniki Trico shares, “The vision is holistic in nature with the ultimate goal of the Nation creating successful businesses, aligned with their values, that ultimately lead to self-reliance.” “This Cultural Centre is creating meaningful employment for the Chiniki people while helping build strong community connections and pride amongst the entire Nation” says Chief Aaron Young. “The Cultural Centre is special because it provides an interactive and authentic experience that will attract visitors from all over the world.”
The Chiniki Cultural Centre provides an elevated experience where visitors can be fully immersed in the Chiniki Culture.
- Stones Restaurant – Inspired by the rich history of this First Nation and the finest Indigenous chefs across Canada. Menu items are prepared using only top-quality ingredients, seasonally sourced and grown locally.
- The Gallery Shop – Showcases Indigenous art, handiwork and clothing from artists and artisans of the Chiniki First Nation, the Stoney Nakoda, Treaty 7’s First Nations, and Canada’s Indigenous communities. All items are available for purchase.
- Cultural Exhibitions – The museum quality displays include archival photos, researched stories and information, historical artifacts, First Nation customs, and dialogue about the future of the Nation.
- Activities and Special Programming – Elders will guide visitors through experiences and interpretative programs in the Tipi Encampment. Activities include Nature Walks, Elder Talks, Drumming and Ceremonial Teas. Visitors can also participate in special educational programming like Tipi History and Construction, Drum Making and Art and Handiwork.
The Chiniki Cultural Centre officially opens its doors to the Nation’s members and general public on September 27th. There are a wide variety of cultural experiences available this fall, with many more to be introduced in 2018. This month, guests can treat their palates with the very best tried-and-true First Nations inspired dishes at Stones and follow the remarkable Chiniki history in the Cultural Exhibits. Visitors can also discover Chiniki Culture in Elder sessions, Meet the Nation experiences, Artisan sessions, and at the Performance Exhibitions. Visit chinikiculturalcentre.com for more details.
The Chiniki Cultural Centre is holding a Grand Opening Celebration on September 26th at 4:00pm where special guests and the media can explore the Exhibitions, watch special performances and sample menu items from Stones.
The Chiniki Trico Partnership Corp. is a unique collaboration between the Chiniki First Nation and The Trico Group of Companies. In addition to the creation of the Chiniki Cultural Centre, Chiniki Trico is working on the development of a Renewable Energy Project consisting of a 400-acre Solar Energy Site with the potential of generating significant clean energy into the Alberta Energy Grid. www.chinikitricocorp.com
Trico Homes (for Chiniki Trico Partnership)