OTTAWA, June 21, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following
statement today on the occasion of National Aboriginal Day:
"Today, let's honour Aboriginal peoples and the vital role they have
played and continue to play in shaping our great country.
National Aboriginal Day provides all Canadians an opportunity to reflect
on the contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people and on
the importance of strengthening the relationship between Aboriginal and
non-Aboriginal people that is so fundamental to our identity as a
Our Government has made strengthening the relationship a priority and we
continue to make efforts to achieve this goal. For instance, this year
we have made progress on priorities we share with First Nations to
ensure they have access to the same opportunities for self-sufficiency
and prosperity as every other Canadian.
We have made key investments that will have a real, positive impact on
First Nations, such as skills and training, healthier, safe communities
and economic development.
We will continue to build on these accomplishments in order to create
growth in First Nations communities. To that end, I will be taking part
in National Aboriginal Day festivities with the Madawaska Maliseet
First Nation where I will also announce support for a project that will
lead to concrete economic benefits for the community. Our Government is
proud of the partnership it has with the Madawaska Maliseet and we are
committed to continue developing strong relationships that lead to a
better future for Aboriginal people across Canada.
Happy National Aboriginal Day!"
This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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