YELLOWKNIFE, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the
Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council.
Minister Aglukkaq today announced funding that will help communities in
the Northwest Territories prepare for major resource development
activity in their region.
Funding for three projects will assist communities as they negotiate
Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) or Cooperation Agreements with mining
companies pursuing major projects in the NWT. The resulting agreements
will address employment, training and business opportunities for
Aboriginal communities during the construction and operation of the
CanNor's investment of $92,715 helped the Tlicho Government successfully
negotiate an Impact Benefit Agreement with De Beers Canada Inc. for the
Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine Project. The IBA was signed on January 27,
CanNor's investment of $96,500 will help the Deninu Ku'e First Nation
negotiate a Cooperation Agreement with De Beers Canada Inc. for the
Gahcho Kué Diamond Mine Project.
CanNor's investment of $117,000 will help the Tlicho Government
negotiate an Impact Benefit Agreement with Fortune Minerals Limited for
the NICO mine project.
"Our Government recognizes the tremendous opportunities in the North's
resource development sector, and supports responsible development that
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic
Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic Council
"The capacity of Aboriginal Governments is supported by these types of
investments. These capacity investments are central to strengthening
our ability to pursue resource development while we maintain our
culture, language and way of life."
Tlicho Grand Chief
"Without the assistance of CanNor, Deninu K'ue First Nations would not
be able to negotiate an agreement with De Beers Canada Inc. This Impact
Benefit Agreement is a certain step forward for our First Nation on the
road to prosperity, economic independence and long awaited recognition
by industry of our traditional territory."
Chief, Deninu K'ue First Nations
Connecting NWT Communities to Opportunities
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
Communications Advisor, NWT Region
CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.
Implementation Facilitator, Special Projects
Deninu K'ue First Nation
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca