Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

June 05, 2009 17:32 ET

Statement: The 25th Anniversary of the Signing of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 5, 2009) - The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

"I want to take this opportunity to extend my congratulations to Nellie Cournoyea, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (http://www.irc.inuvialuit.com/) and to the Inuvialuit people on the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement.

The Inuvialuit Final Agreement was one of the first of its kind and it led the way for other land claims. This historic agreement recognizes the Inuvialuit's rightful place in the Canadian Confederation and honours the importance of their culture and traditional way of life.

Under the agreement, the Inuvialuit have also been able to take advantage of new opportunities in non-traditional areas such as natural resources like oil and gas, economic development and land development.

Canada remains committed to working with the Inuvialuit and the territorial governments to make progress on shared objectives."

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Minister's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    819-997-0002