Harper Government supports First Nations economic summit in Cape Breton

Ulnooweg Development Group Inc. hosting first-ever First Nations economic development event in Membertou, NS, from September 15 to 17

MEMBERTOU, NS, Sept. 15, 2014 The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, is pleased to support the first-ever Lands & Economic Readiness Summit in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, September 15 to 17, 2014.

Contributing to the Lands & Economic Readiness Summit is just one example of how the Government of Canada is moving forward on economic development issues that are important to all First Nations and Aboriginal communities across Atlantic Canada. By helping communities become equipped to participate in an economic opportunity, the Government can help increase the participation of Aboriginal people in Canada's economy overall and improve the prosperity of Aboriginal communities and individuals.

Over 150 attendees from across Atlantic Canada will be talking about creating economic development opportunities for First Nations in Atlantic Canada during this summit. The two and a half day conference includes plenary sessions, keynote speakers, workshops, roundtables and presentations. Its mission is to increase awareness and forge new linkages between First Nations' and Aboriginal organizations' personnel, providing them with a range of information that will better position them to create and implement lands and economic development plans in First Nations communities. The development of these plans is important for First Nations to pursue and seize economic opportunities and ultimately gain greater control over their land and resources.

Quick Facts


"Our Government's top priority is creating jobs, growth and economic opportunities for all Canadians and I am pleased that we are investing in developing capacity in First Nations and Aboriginal communities across Atlantic Canada. We remain committed to working with our Aboriginal partners to ensure they get the same access to opportunities as all Canadians. The Lands & Economic Readiness Summit provides such an opportunity to Aboriginal people responsible for lands management and economic development."

Hon. Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

"Our Government is pleased to support organizations like the Ulnooweg Development Group to help Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities in Atlantic Canada take concrete steps that lead to greater participation in our economy. Our investment in the Lands & Economic Readiness Summit will help Aboriginal leaders and organizations identify and pursue new business and economic development opportunities within their communities, creating jobs, growth and wealth, and contributing to their long-term economic prosperity."

Hon. Rob Moore,
Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

"Ulnooweg is honoured to be the host organization for the Atlantic Lands and economic Readiness Summit. This summit is designed to create learning opportunities to increase skills and capacity of delegates that support economic growth in Atlantic First Nation communities through land management and economic development. This wonderful learning opportunity would not have been possible without the support of the Government of Canada, Industry sponsors, panelists and planning committee members."

Christopher Googoo
General Manager
Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.

Associated Links

Lands and Economic Readiness Summit website
Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.
Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP) - Program Guidelines
Business Development Program (ACOA)

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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

For further information: Erica Meekes, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, 819-997-0002; Kelsie Corey, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Rob Moore, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 613-941-7241; Matthew Tapper, Business Development Manager, Ulnooweg Development Group, 902-893-7379, mtapper@ulnooweg.ca


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