OTTAWA, Nov. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal
Affairs and Northern Development, Parliamentary Secretary Mark Strahl,
Member of Parliament for Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon, delivered a keynote
address at the opening of Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Tradeshow 2013.
"Increasing Aboriginal participation in the economy is the most
effective way to improve the well-being and quality of life of
Aboriginal people in Canada and that is why the Harper Government is
dedicated to finding solutions so that Aboriginal youth have the same
opportunities as all Canadians," said Minister Valcourt. "We are
therefore committed to supporting events like this conference, which
create opportunities for Aboriginal businesses to interact with other
entrepreneurs, corporate Canada and governments."
The theme of this year's conference — Accelerating Change Through Business Partnerships — emphasizes that through partnerships and targeted investments in
community infrastructure, education and training, together we continue
to build the conditions for young Aboriginal people to find and keep
"Our Government's top priority is to create jobs, economic growth and
long-term prosperity; that's why we are pleased to have concluded an
agreement in principle on a Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement with the European Union that will be beneficial for both Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal Canadians in every region of the country," said
Parliamentary Secretary Strahl.
As announced in Economic Action Plan 2013, the Government of Canada will work with First Nations to improve the
on-reserve Income Assistance Program to help ensure First Nation youth between the ages of 18 and 24 can
access the skills and training they need to secure employment.
Strengthening Aboriginal entrepreneurship is a key priority in the
Government of Canada's Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development.
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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