OTTAWA, Oct. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Harper Government today welcomed the
news on the on the successful Tsuu T'ina First Nation referendum vote
regarding Southwest Calgary Ring Road.
"I would like to congratulate Tsuu T'ina First Nation for its successful
referendum vote last night, approving an agreement on the construction
of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road," said the Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development .
"This represents a major milestone in the process to construct a
highway and transportation utility corridor to form the southwest
portion of the ring road. I commend both Tsuu T'ina First Nation and
the Province of Alberta for their efforts to reach an agreement on this
project - a project that will provide significant economic benefits to
the region, the province and indeed, all of Canada.
"The construction of the Southwest Calgary Ring Road is great news for
Calgary and great news for all of Southern Alberta," said the
Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development
and Minister for Multiculturalism.
The Government of Canada will now proceed with addressing the federal
obligations identified in the agreement. The proposed transactions
(Section 35 of the Indian Act transfer and Additions to Reserve) will necessitate up to three Orders
in Council. Once all relevant steps are taken, the land will be
transferred to the Province of Alberta and the First Nation will be
"Supporting key economic development projects such as the Southwest
Calgary Ring Road is an example of our Government's commitment to
unlocking economic development opportunities for First Nations," said
Minister Valcourt. "With increased economic development comes increased
self-sufficiency - and stronger First Nations mean a stronger Canada."
The Government of Canada and the Chief Federal Representative will
continue to engage the parties to review and respond to the terms of
the road deal, begin work on the implementation items, and advise the
parties on Canada's processes and timelines.
This statement is also available online at www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca.
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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