Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

May 17, 2010 13:00 ET

CanNor Invests in First Nations Economic Development

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - May 17, 2010) - The Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation will host an economic development summit in Dawson City, Yukon, that will benefit local communities thanks to an investment by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) announced today that CanNor will invest $52,380 in the Northern Partnerships Summit, a two-day conference on economic development that will take place May 19-20, 2010, in Dawson City. The First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun will partner with Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, the Tr'ondek Hwech'in and Tetlit Gwitch'in First Nation to make the summit possible

The Northern Partnerships Summit will bring together representatives of Yukon's First Nations, other governments and industry to discuss business and partnership opportunities in the North.

"This is a great example of how Yukon's First Nations are working together and are poised for continued success. This initiative by the First Nations will build business networks, build relationships and increase investment opportunities," said Minister Strahl, who is also the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. 

"This conference will help to shine a light on northern Yukon," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister responsible for the North and Minister of Health. "As a result, all citizens of Yukon stand to benefit from potential economic development in the areas of exploration, hydro-electricity and tourism."

"Yukon First Nations and our neighbours in the NWT are striving to achieve self-sufficiency, and looking to find practical ways to collaborate on economic development in the north," said Simon Mervyn Senior, Chief of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun.

The investment for this project was made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in the three territories. 

SINED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor, which 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:

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
    Christine Carnaffan
    Communications Advisor