OTTAWA, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following
"It is a pleasure for me to mark an important milestone in achieving
devolution for the Northwest Territories as Bill C-15, Northwest
Territories Devolution Act, received third reading in the House of
Commons today. This brings devolution for the Northwest Territories one
step closer to reality.
Bill C-15, Northwest Territories Devolution Act, responds to calls from
territorial governments, Aboriginal groups and industry to place
decision-making in the hands of Northerners. The passage of Bill C-15
by the House of Commons marks another step towards our Government's
commitment to giving Northerners greater control over their resources
and decision-making, and completing devolution by the targeted
effective date of April 1, 2014. Bill C-15 is awaiting consideration by
the Senate of Canada. Bill C-15 also includes important aspects of our
Action Plan to Improve Regulatory Regimes by introducing a modernized
regulatory regime for the territory, which will help to unlock the
economic potential of the region and realize the full potential of
devolution. It also strengthens environmental stewardship and
The North remains a key priority for our Government and we continue to
take strong action to advance the Northern Strategy thanks to the
contributions of many partners, including Aboriginal organizations,
First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities, industry and territorial
governments of the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.''
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
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