CONNE RIVER, NL, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the Honourable
Nick McGrath, Minister of Transportation and Works and Minister
Responsible for Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, and Chief Mi'sel Joe,
of Miawpukek First Nation, today signed a Self-Government
Agreement-in-Principle (AIP), marking the first of its kind to be
negotiated in the Atlantic provinces.
"Self-government is an important and necessary component of the sound
planning and good financial management needed to create the conditions
for economic success," said Minister Valcourt. "Miawpukek First Nation
is a leader in the area of self-governance, and today marks an
important milestone toward further self-sufficiency and prosperity.
These agreements are key to achieving reconciliation while unlocking
economic opportunities for the benefit of First Nations communities and
The signing of an AIP marks the beginning of negotiations toward a
self-government final agreement, which will provide Miawpukek First
Nation with greater flexibility and control in the development and
delivery of its programs and services, in a manner best suited to its
traditions. By signing this AIP, Miawpukek First Nation moves closer to
being able to assume greater control over the management of its own
affairs through the exercise of jurisdiction in several subject areas,
including culture and language, education and social development, child
and family services, health, land management and resource management.
"Miawpukek First Nation is pleased to have reached this milestone in our
self-government negotiations. We look forward to our continued
partnership as we work towards the final stage of negotiations", said
Chief Mi'sel Joe.
The Agreement-in-Principle is the result of negotiations that began in
2004 among Miawpukek First Nation and the Federal and provincial
governments. The parties signed the Self-Government Framework Agreement
in 2005, which established a process to guide the
Agreement-in-Principle negotiations. Miawpukek has developed and
refined its vision for self-government based on extensive community
consultations that have taken place throughout the negotiation process.
As a self-governing First Nation, Miawpukek First Nation will provide for political and fiscal
accountability in any constitution drafted in accordance with the
eventual final agreement.
"The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador strongly believes in the
Aboriginal people of the province taking control of their own destinies
and today marks a significant step forward for the Miawpukek First
Nation," said Minister McGrath. "I am very proud to participate in this
historic event and as a government we look forward to seeing the
Miawpukek First Nation progress and prosper in achieving
This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Chief Jo Mi'sel's Office
Miawpukek First Nation
Carol Ann Carter
Director of Communications
Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-3015, cell. 709-631-9505
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