Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

December 18, 2009 11:35 ET

Minister Strahl Announces Appointment of Camilia Zoe-Chocolate as a Member of the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Ms. Camilia Zoe-Chocolate as a member of the Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board for a three-year term.

"Ms. Zoe-Chocolate has deep roots in the North and in particular, the Wek'eezhii," said Minister Strahl. "Her knowledge and experience in the region will contribute to the important work undertaken by this board."

Ms. Zoe-Chocolate has worked in wildlife management for over ten years. Having served as Lands and Environmental Director for the Dene Nation and Conservation Coordinator for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, she has demonstrated her expertise in resource management.

The Wek'eezhii Land and Water Board regulates the use of land and water and the deposit of waste throughout the Wek'eezhii except in a national park or a national historic park or site administered by Parks Canada. The Board issues, amends or renews licences and permits, conducts public hearings and oversees compliance with its decisions, and, if necessary, the suspension or cancellation of licences and permits.

In order to have strong public institutions, the right individuals with the necessary expertise and skill sets are essential. Ministerial appointments are based on the guiding principles of competency, professionalism and accessibility to all Canadians.

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  • Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada