Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

February 04, 2011 11:28 ET

Minister Duncan and Minister Aglukkaq Welcome Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board to Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 4, 2011) -

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The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today issued the following statement on behalf of the Government of Canada:

"The first meeting of the Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board is an important milestone that reflects our Government's commitment to making healthy and nutritious food more accessible for Canadians living in remote Northern communities. The members of this board will serve as a direct voice for Northerners, support local understanding of this new program, and provide valuable input into the program. I am very glad that each of them has agreed to lend their knowledge, experience, and time to this important undertaking.

My colleague, the Minister of Health and I are pleased to welcome Chair of the Board, Elizabeth Copland, and Board members Wilfred Wilcox, Nellie Cournoyea, Katherine Nukon, Steve McDougall, Marie-Josée Gauthier, and Michele Wood to the first meeting of the Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board held in Ottawa.

The Nutrition North Canada External Advisory Board will give Northerners a direct voice in the new program. Board members come from across northern Canada and will play a vital and valuable role in providing advice on program management and effectiveness", said Minister Duncan.

"The success of Nutrition North Canada will largely depend on whether it meets the priorities of Northerners", said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, Regional Minister for the North and Minister of Health. "We look forward to working with the Board as they guide our Government's efforts to improve access to healthy food within isolated Northern communities."

More information on Nutrition North Canada is available on the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada website at: .

This statement is also available on the Internet at

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    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada