Parks Canada and the Abegweit First Nation partner to provide wedding and event services to PEI National Park. and historic sites on the Island.
Tara McNally MacPhee, Visitor Experience Manager for PEI National Park, said demand has increased in recent years for weddings and events at Parks sites. Canada on the island.
“We want to connect [people] at PEI National Park. and have that lifelong connection, ”McNally MacPhee said. “However, the demand grew so much that it got to a point where we really didn’t have a lot of resources left to manage it effectively.
This is when the Abegweit First Nation intervened.
Through their business – Abegweit Celebrations & Events – Abegweit First Nation will help clients navigate the process of obtaining the appropriate permits and approvals to host a wedding at a Parks Canada site in PEI. -E.
Running an event service is “a great opportunity for us to develop skills and capacities within our community,” said Tyler Gould, Director of Economic Development for the Abegweit First Nation. “We have a lot of experience in organizing and delivering events.”
This is a very important element in working together for reconciliation and contributing to economic and community development.– Tara McNally MacPhee, Parks Canada
Gould said he sees a lot of potential in the wedding and events industry in PEI.
“I think people across the country are starting to recognize Prince Edward Island as a great destination for weddings, and we want to be involved in this industry and grow with it.”
Going forward, Gould said Abegweit Celebrations & Events will provide planning services and hopes to provide guests with an “authentic Indigenous experience” for the events, which will be fully prepared with Mi’kmaw food.
“Working together for reconciliation”
“We are really excited about this opportunity,” said McNally MacPhee. “We have been sitting at the table of First Nations communities in Prince Edward Island for many years. We have many collaborative events and initiatives that we are working on.
“It’s a really important part of working together towards reconciliation and contributing to economic and community development.”
Abegweit Celebrations & Events will be the main point of contact for those wishing to organize an event at a Parks Canada site.
“Parks Canada has been a great partner for First Nations here in Prince Edward Island for quite some time and this is just another testament to their commitment to reconciliation,” said Gould. “They sort of put their actions where their words are.
“We are also stewards of the environment and this relationship just makes sense.”
Anyone wishing to book an event at a Parks Canada site in Prince Edward Island can visit the Abegweit First Nation website for information on prices and services offered.
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