OTTAWA, Oct. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today issued the
"Today marks the beginning of an important period of transition in our
work to advance devolution in the Northwest Territories. As Canada and
the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) move toward the
devolution transfer date of April 1, 2014, our efforts are focussed on
ensuring a continuity of service for all residents of the territory.
The Government of the Northwest Territories today announced changes to its
organizational structure to accommodate the delivery of devolved land and resource programs and
services. Both Governments are now working to transfer job functions
from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to the GNWT,
representing a clear signal of readiness to serve territorial
residents, industry and all stakeholders.
Today's effort follows the announcement made on August 27, 2013,
regarding consultations on the legislative proposal to implement the Northwest Territories Devolution Agreement. These
consultations are currently underway and mark the final phase of a
three phase approach to section 35 based Crown consultations with
potentially impacted Aboriginal organizations.
The Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement, signed on June 25, 2013, transfers provincial-like powers over to the
Government of the Northwest Territories - putting more control in the
hands of Northerners. Advancing devolution supports the Government's
commitment, as set out in Canada's Northern Strategy, to work with Northern and Aboriginal partners to build a strong and
This statement 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
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