Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

August 19, 2010 10:40 ET

CanNor Supports Aboriginal Economic Development Across the North

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2010) - In 2009-2010, First Nations and Inuit organizations in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut moved forward with projects to enhance their participation in local and territorial economies, thanks to investments by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

Today the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), highlighted investments in Aboriginal Economic Development projects delivered by communities and organizations across the North.

"Our Government recognizes that the active economic participation of Aboriginal governments, businesses, and communities in the economies of Canada's three territories is fundamental to building a diverse and resilient Northern economy," said Minister Duncan, who is also the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "These economic development initiatives will promote long-term economic self-sufficiency for First Nations and Inuit across the North."

"Increasing Aboriginal participation in the economy is an effective way to create a healthy and prosperous socio-economic future for Aboriginal people in Canada," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

The federal investments will be used for a variety of economic development initiatives including business planning, cultural tourism initiatives, staff and client training, capacity building, conference and workshop planning, support services, engineering designs, regional investment planning, proposal development, delivery of business advisory services, and salary costs for economic development officers. For more information on the types of projects funded, please see the backgrounder.

Investments in these projects were made possible through CanNor's Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) programming which includes the Aboriginal Business Development Program (ABDP), Community Economic Development Program (CEDP), Community Economic Opportunities Program (CEOP), and Community Support Services Program (CSSP).

AED is one of several economic development programs delivered by CanNor in the territories. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development activities across the North, and for related policy development, research and advocacy. 

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit:

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michelle Yao
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Bonnie Venton Ross
    Communications Advisor, Yukon Region
    Petra White
    Communications Advisor, Northwest Territories Region
    Craig Welsh
    Communications Advisor, Nunavut Region