Minister Valcourt Celebrates Canada Day With First Nations Chiefs At Fishermen'S Pow Wow

MIRAMICHI, NB, July 1, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, issued the following statement as he joined New Brunswick Premier David Alward, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine, for the Second Annual Fishermen's Pow wow at Waterford Green Park:

"Our Government is committed to working together with its First Nation partners in New Brunswick and I'm very happy to be able to spend this day with them, at the Second Annual Fishermen's Powwow in Miramichi. The Fishermen's Powwow was created to help heal wounds and build bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal fishermen. Today it is very much a celebration of the steps taken to strengthen this relationship.

New Brunswick is one of the most festive provinces in Canada. Museums, performing art centres, and heritage sites bring to life thousands of years of history and culture. As we gather for this celebration, I want to encourage everyone to remember the Treaties of Peace and Friendship, and the milestones we have accomplished together.

I invite all Canadians to take part in this event and in the Canada Day festivities taking place across the country. Canada Day is an occasion for us to come together as a nation to commemorate the birth of our country and strengthen the relationships that have contributed to the development of our great nation. I want to wish everyone a happy Pow wow and a happy Canada Day"

The Annual Fishermen's Pow wow was inaugurated in 2012 by Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Roger Augustine to bring together people of Aboriginal and French, Irish and Scottish descent to commemorate and renew alliances that reflect the significance of their historical relationships. The two-day Pow wow is held at Waterford Green Park in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.


SOURCE: National Panel Secretariat

For further information:

Minister's Office  
Andrea Richer
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Canada
819-953-1160

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