CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

March 17, 2005 15:08 ET

Canada Announces Changes to Program for Indigenous Peoples in The Americas


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FOR: CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

MARCH 17, 2005 - 15:08 ET

Canada Announces Changes to Program for Indigenous
Peoples in The Americas

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 17, 2005) - Canada will make the
Indigenous Peoples Partnership Program (IPPP) more accessible to enable
the development of more effective partnerships and knowledge exchanges
among Indigenous groups of Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. The
changes will also expand the program's scope and encourage greater
participation of Canada's Aboriginal peoples in its decision-making
process.

The announcement was made today by Aileen Carroll, Minister of
International Cooperation, and Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs
and Northern Development.

"This program strengthens partnerships between Canadian and Latin
American and Caribbean Indigenous groups by allowing them to share their
knowledge and experience," said Minister Carroll. "Such partnerships are
essential to support the growth and development of the Indigenous
peoples. In accessing the IPPP, they are able to work with
well-established partners to conduct their own development projects."

Canada originally announced the $10-million IPPP at the inaugural
Indigenous Peoples Summit of the Americas, which was held in Ottawa in
March, 2001. A second Summit will take place in Buenos Aires in October,
2005. The Summit has become an important forum for Indigenous peoples to
develop positions that can influence policy discussions at the
Organization of American States and the Summit of the Americas.

In addition to fulfilling an important commitment of the Summit of the
Americas Plan of Action, the IPPP contributes to the achievement of the
Millennium Development Goals by focusing on extreme poverty and
promoting sustainable development.

"The Indigenous Peoples Partnership Program is a concrete expression of
the Government of Canada's commitment to work in partnership with
Aboriginal peoples," said Minister Scott. "This program provides funding
to enable Canadian Aboriginal people with experience in community
development to provide assistance to their counterparts in the Americas."


The original program focused on three themes: development, knowledge,
and youth. The revised program will add two new themes - gender and
international policy dialogue - to help build the capacity of Indigenous
peoples to take charge of their own development. Canada's Aboriginal
peoples will also have greater say in selecting projects for funding.
Revised guidelines for the IPPP will be available by the end of March
2005.

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Contact Information

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    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of Communications
    (819) 953-6238
    or
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534
    Email: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
    Internet: www.cida.gc.ca (electronic version of document)
    or
    Minister Andy Scott's Office
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Campbell Morrison, Press Secretary
    (819) 997-0002