Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

August 31, 2010 11:58 ET

Government of Canada Increases Economic Opportunities for First Nations in Atlantic Fisheries Sector

TRURO, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2010) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with Chiefs Jesse Simon and Lawrence Paul of the Atlantic Policy Congress, announced today new investments through the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development to support Atlantic First Nations fisheries enterprises.

The Government of Canada is investing $7.7 million over three years to help Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in the Maritimes and Gaspé Region of Quebec pursue economic opportunities in new areas of the fisheries sector, including aquaculture, seafood processing and marketing.

"These investments demonstrate the fundamentally new way that the Government supports Aboriginal economic development," said Minister Duncan. "Through the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development, our Government is working with Aboriginal people and communities to enable them to seize real, significant and sustainable economic opportunities."

"Our Government knows it is essential to support First Nations who have the courage to forge their own creative and innovative paths and create wealth for their communities and for Canada," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Central Nova.

"This funding builds on the significant progress made by Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in wild capture fisheries over the past decade, and provides new opportunities to explore untapped potential for employment, skills development and wealth creation elsewhere in the fisheries sector," said the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

First Nation fisheries enterprises will benefit from new funds for business development and planning as well as management support services and training. This new support will be delivered in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and its Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (, along with First Nation partners such as the Atlantic Policy Congress (APC) of First Nations Chiefs.

"These new investments are critical to continuing the progress and hard work undertaken by all our First Nations communities and our staff working on the commercial fisheries," said APC Co-Chair, Chief Jesse Simon.

"These measures clearly demonstrate the work accomplished in partnership with government to help further the aspirations of all our communities involved in the Atlantic fisheries today and toward a better future," said APC Co-Chair, Chief Lawrence Paul.

The new investments will help Atlantic First Nations to strengthen their fisheries operations, while increasing employment, skills development and wealth creation in their communities.

These measures are the first under the Government's Strategic Partnerships Initiative, a key element of the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development ( Released in June 2009, the Framework is a modern, comprehensive and opportunity-driven approach to Aboriginal economic development that puts emphasis on building strategic partnerships with Aboriginal groups, the private sector and the provinces and territories. 

Backgrounder – Strategic Partnerships Initiative

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