Minister McKenna Reaffirms Canada's Commitment to Engaging with Indigenous Peoples and Youth at AFN Annual General Assembly

NIAGARA FALLS, ON, July 14, 2016 /CNW/ - It is a time of real change and promise in this country, and the engagement of Indigenous Peoples and youth will be integral to achieving the Government of Canada's goals for a sustainable environment and economy.  

Yesterday and today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, attended the Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  While there, she met with Aboriginal chiefs, elders, and youth, hosted a dialogue on climate change, and delivered a plenary address that focused on the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the review of environmental assessment processes, and how both traditional and scientific knowledge are critical components in environmental decision making.

Minister McKenna also highlighted the Government of Canada's long term commitment to renewing nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous Peoples, and the importance of opportunities for dialogue such as the Annual General Assembly to strengthen those relationships over time.

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"Canada's commitment to renewing nation-to-nation relationships is steadfast. First Nations are valued partners in the work carried out by Environment and Climate Change Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to ensure all Canadians enjoy a clean and sustainable environment today, tomorrow and into the future."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

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Review of Environmental and Regulatory Processes

Environment and Climate Change Canada's Twitter page
Environment and Natural Resources in Canada's Facebook page

 

SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada

Image with caption: "Minister McKenna meets with Indigenous Youth Council at the Assembly of First Nations 37th General Assembly in Niagara Falls to discuss climate change. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160714_C4004_PHOTO_EN_734953.jpg

Image with caption: "Minister McKenna is being blanketed by Indigenous leaders at the Assembly of First Nations 37th General Assembly in Niagara Falls on July 13, 2016. (CNW Group/Environment and Climate Change Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160714_C4004_PHOTO_EN_734951.jpg

For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338 or 1-844-836-7799 (toll free)

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