WINNIPEG – The Wyndham Garden Winnipeg Airport (Odé Aki) hotel in Winnipeg is celebrating its grand opening.
The hotel, built on urban reserve land, is owned by Long Plain First Nation and is located on their Madison urban reserve. The 132-room facility is the first Indigenous-owned hotel in the Wyndham Garden group and was a design-build project built by PCL Construction and designed by f-BLOK architecture inc.
“In 2006 Long Plain First Nation purchased the land on Madison. The purchase from Manitoba Hydro was part of a fulfilment of Canada’s outstanding treaty land entitlement to Long Plain First Nation dating back to 1994. The three-acre Madison property was officially set aside as a reserve in 2013 and Long Plain immediately established commercial business, which brought in revenue to support various social programs and created many opportunities for employment,” said Long Plain First Nation urban reserve manager Cindy Allard in a press release.
“We began our discussions with PCL in 2015. With their help we were able to proceed with our custom-built Wyndham Garden Hotel. This is the largest project our nation has completed. We are grateful to have partnered with PCL and for their commitment to exceeding our expectations.”
The hotel features a large ballroom with a 5,800 square feet of flexible meeting space including a Knowledge Keepers meeting space.
“Long Plain First Nation has succeeded in building a hotel on an urban reserve that both achieves a world-class brand standard and embeds Indigenous cultural meaning throughout. The building serves its’ guests every need and also immerses visitors in a cultural experience – one cannot miss the fact that they are on Treaty 1 Urban Reserve land when they visit this hotel,” Brock Klassen of f-BLOK architecture inc. said.
The hotel also includes a swimming pool and water slide, fitness centre, dining room, lounge and café.
“The vision of Long Plain First Nation and Arrowhead Development Corporation is an inspiring model for urban Indigenous development in Winnipeg and across Canada. It represents a step forward for First Nation’s economies and communities across Canada,” PCL vice-president and district manager Kelly Wallace added.