Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

September 25, 2009 13:41 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Nunavut Geoscience Research

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced six geoscience research projects in Nunavut. This initiative was made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan and will encourage future investments in resource exploration in Nunavut.

"Building our knowledge of Nunavut's unique geography will support long-term economic growth in the Territory," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Metis and Non-Status Indians. "By investing in research now, we are developing opportunities for Nunavut communities for the future."

"Resource development is an important part of Nunavut's economy and this investment will help provide further growth in the future," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $1.1 million from the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program. This investment will support six separate geoscience projects targeted for completion during the 2009 field season. The Government of Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Transportation is overseeing the 2009-10 geoscience research program, and the work will be conducted by the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office in cooperation with the Geological Survey of Canada. Details about each of these projects are provided in the Backgrounder.

"Geological mapping and research in Nunavut are crucial to maintain the mining industry's interest in exploring for resources in our territory," said Economic Development and Transportation Minister Peter Taptuna. "The Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office's work will also contribute to developing new opportunities in our communities. This funding is vital."

The SINED program falls under the mandate of CanNor and focuses on the long-term economic development in the three territories. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada's integrated Northern Strategy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit:

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit and Canada's Northern Strategy, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    Nunavut Headquarters