Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

August 09, 2011 09:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable John Duncan on the Occasion of the International Day of the World's Indigenous People

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today issued the following statement on International Day of the World's Indigenous People:

"The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is an opportunity for all Canadians to celebrate the diversity of indigenous peoples worldwide.

In Canada, Aboriginal peoples are part of our history and our future. The November 12, 2010, endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples reinforces our government's commitment to reconciliation and strengthening our relationship with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. We are working with Aboriginal communities, provinces and territories to support economic development opportunities.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, I join all indigenous people in celebrating this important day."

This statement is also available on the Internet at: www.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    (819) 997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    (819) 953-1160