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
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:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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