Statement by the honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians regarding the National Day of Action



    OTTAWA, June 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and
Non-Status Indians issued the following statement today regarding the events
that took place around today's National Day of Action:
    Today a number of Aboriginal organizations and communities across the
country took part in activities relating to the National Day of Action. The
express purpose of this day was to raise awareness of the serious issues
facing Aboriginal people in this country. The vast majority of Aboriginal
people taking part in these activities did so without causing disruptions for
Canadians.
    Canada's New Government has made real progress in addressing the issues
facing Aboriginal people in Canada. We understand that the status quo is not
sustainable - that the gaps in health, social and economic conditions must be
closed. That is why, along with the provinces and territories, we will
continue to work with responsible Aboriginal leaders to bring real
improvements to the quality of life of Aboriginal people through improvements
in housing, water conditions, education, economic development and accelerating
the land claims process. Since taking office, we have focused our efforts on
practical, results-oriented action.
    I can confidently tell all Aboriginal people in Canada and other
Canadians that we will continue to follow through on our commitments. We will
measure our performance as we go and we will ensure that our efforts are open,
transparent and accountable to all Canadians.




For further information:

For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; This release is also available on
the Internet at http://www.inac.gc.ca.

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