Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

October 14, 2009 15:30 ET

Canada's Economic Action Plan Supports Geoscience in the Northwest Territories

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding for six geoscience research projects in Northwest Territories. This initiative was made possible through Canada's Economic Action Plan and will encourage future investments in resource exploration in the territory.

"Building our knowledge of the unique geography of the Northwest Territories will support long-term economic growth," said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor of Métis and Non-Status Indians. "These projects will stimulate new mineral exploration in the NWT and will help create jobs for northerners."

"Resource development is an important part of the Northwest Territories' economy. This investment will also increase local community knowledge and awareness of geoscience research," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $1.2 million from the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program. This investment will support six separate geoscience projects targeted for completion during the 2009-10 field season. The federal NWT Geoscience Office will complete the project work, in partnership with the Government of Northwest Territories' Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment. Details about each of these projects are provided in the Backgrounder.

The SINED program falls under the mandate of CanNor and focuses on 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 for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Michelle Yao
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
    NWT Region
    Petra White
    Communications Advisor