YELLOWKNIFE, NT, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the
following statement today:
"I wish to extend my congratulations to the communities of the Acho Dene
Koe First Nation and Fort Liard Métis, the Denínu Kų́ę́ First Nation
and the Salt River First Nation for their decision to become parties to
the Northwest Territories Lands and Resources Devolution Agreement.
The Northwest Territories Devolution Act, which came into force on April 1, 2014, was the final step required to fully implement the Devolution
Agreement. It highlights our Government's commitment, as set out in Canada's Northern Strategy, to work with Northern and Aboriginal partners to build a strong and
These communities will join the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation,
Northwest Territory Métis Nation, Sahtu Secretariat Incorporated,
Gwich'in Tribal Council and Tłįchǫ Government as parties to the
Devolution Agreement, along with the Governments of Canada and the
We will continue to work closely with our partners in the Northwest
Territories to encourage other regional and local Aboriginal
communities to become parties to the devolution agreement.
Devolution provides Northerners with greater control over their lands
and resources and improved regulatory processes in the Northwest
Territories. It also encourages investment in the Northwest Territories
while ensuring that resource development proceeds in a sustainable
fashion, so that the resulting economic benefits can be enjoyed by
This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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