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Minister Wilson was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Maskwacîs-Wetaskiwin.
Wilson brings an extensive record of public service to the legislature, including: 15 years as County Councillor with County of Wetaskiwin, seven years as Chairman of Crossroads Regional Health Authority, six years as Member of the Western Canadian Agriculture Debt Review Board, five years as School Board Trustee with Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools and decades as a local business owner and farmer.
Wilson’s family farm has been in operation for more than 100 years, and is recognized as an Alberta Century Farm and Ranch. Through his own hard work, in addition to that of his family, he has earned a place in the history of Wetaskiwin. As much as the Wilson family is deeply connected to the land his farm sits upon, he recognizes The Maskwacîs-Wetaskiwin region is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 15,000 Indigenous citizens.
Wilson grew up and went to school with the First Nations of Maskwacîs. He lived near the 4 bands in the Summer Village of Ma-Me-O Beach, which he considers an integral part of his personal story.
Rick Wilson was appointed as Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister on April 30, 2019. He brings his rich life experience and dedication to Alberta’s First Nations to the portfolio, and remains focused on reconciliation, consultation, and ensuring that Alberta’s First Nations are partners in the prosperity of the province.
Ending violence against Indigenous women and girls is the focus of a new government joint working group.
New funding will expand the Blood Tribe safe withdrawal site and give local police the tools they need to keep Indigenous Albertans safe.
Premier Jason Kenney has approved the first grant through the government’s Indigenous Litigation Fund, a new way to partner in prosperity.
Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson issued the following statement on a consultation milestone reached by a Métis organization in Alberta.
The governments of Alberta and Canada will provide new housing units and on-site social supports for people who are at risk of homelessness in Lethbridge.
The new Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation board brings strong business and financial experience to support partnerships in prosperity.
A new red tape reduction strategy aims to improve consultation for industry and Indigenous people.
Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson issued the following statement on the passing of Jason Goodstriker.