Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

February 24, 2011 10:00 ET

Statement from Parliamentary Secretary Rickford on the National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2011) - Mr. Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora (Ontario) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, issued the following statement with regard to the Fostering Biimaadiziwin: the National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples being held in Toronto:

"It is with great pleasure that I congratulate the organizers and participants of the Fostering Biimaadiziwin: the National Research Conference on Urban Aboriginal Peoples. It was a privilege to address the hundreds of participants who will share their knowledge, skills and expertise in order to better understand and address the challenges facing urban Aboriginal people in Canada.

Urban Aboriginal people are making great gains and contributions, small and large, to communities across Canada and the potential for more positive outcomes is great.

At the same time, the Government of Canada realizes that more work needs to be done. Conferences such as this one help to inform the development of government policies and programs impacting urban Aboriginal people, such as the Urban Aboriginal Strategy. Conference discussions and insights will help guide future options for this strategy.

I am confident that our efforts will lead to a number of key opportunities to improve the economic well-being of Métis and Non-Status Indians and urban Aboriginal people."

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