Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

March 03, 2011 13:00 ET

CanNor Supports First Nations Participation in Proposed Pipeline Project

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency is ensuring that First Nations in Yukon are well positioned to take advantage of the potential opportunities from development of the Alaska Highway Pipeline.

The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) today announced over $43,000 for the Alaska Highway Aboriginal Pipeline Coalition (AHAPC) to update their strategic plan.

With this funding, the AHAPC will review and revise their mandate and strategic objectives for the next three years, laying out their future direction. The plan will focus on ensuring that Yukon First Nations are prepared to take advantage of the pipeline development, including employment, education, skills training and business opportunities.

"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in projects that help create long-term economic benefits for Northerners," said Minister Duncan, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "We are committed to supporting local organizations to solidify their strategic capacity to take advantage of major resource development projects in the territory."

"There is a potential for many economic opportunities to flow from the proposed pipeline," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Regional Minister for the North and Minister of Health. "This initiative will help position First Nations to benefit from potential jobs, skills development and business opportunities."

"It's important that we take this time to step outside the box, look within, and check with our First Nations members and stakeholders to ensure our original goals and values as a pipeline information centre are still valid", said AHAPC chair Rick O'Brien. He added, "We have an opportunity here to ensure our roles and responsibilities are in step with the First Nations efforts to build capacity and meet the challenges of a looming pipeline project".

This investment is made possible through CanNor's Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) initiative, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity building in all three territories.

SINED is one of several economic development initiatives within CanNor which is responsible for coordinating and delivering Canada's economic development 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 Visit for information on the Alaska Highway Aboriginal Pipeline Coalition.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    (Yukon Regional Office)
    Erin Macpherson
    Communications Advisor
    Alaska Highway Aboriginal Pipeline Coalition
    Phil Bastien
    Researcher/Communications Lead