A tourism initiative was put forward at town council on Monday, May 15.

The Siksika First Nation plans to operate a Badlands tourism route from Coutts on the USA border to the reserve.

"This has been talked about for 25-30 years and they thought they had a go for it back then but it didn't work out," said Mayor Terry Yemen. "This last little while there was a land dispute between the Siksika Nation and the Alberta Government, that has been resolved, and it is the Siksika Nation's now and they can move forward with it."

The route will pass through the valley.

"They asked us to come and meet and talk about how we can start to move this forward, obviously if this is going to terminate in Drumheller it is a good thing for Drumheller," said Yemen. "I have reached out to the Canadian Badlands and talked to them and explained what they are looking to do. The Canadian Badlands is going to contact them and see if we can move this thing forward."

"Hopefully this will move forward, it is very preliminary," added Yemen. "I don't know what the timelines are, but we'll keep you advised on what happens."

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