Ottawa, Ontario (June 10, 2010) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the launch of engagement sessions to obtain input about how to improve the Department's Aboriginal economic development programs.
“This government is following through on its commitment in the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development to deliver programming that responds to both new and changing economic conditions and the unique needs of First Nations, Métis and Inuit,” said Minister Strahl. “Through these engagement sessions, we will hear suggestions about how we can better work together to increase Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy.”
Until November 2010, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) will lead a series of national and regional engagement sessions focused on obtaining input from key individuals and organizations with direct experience in Aboriginal land management, community economic development and business development.
A primary goal of the engagement sessions is to ensure that the Department's programs are aligned with the strategic priorities and principles of the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development and address the economic development challenges of Aboriginal people across Canada.
Released in 2009, the Framework represents a fundamental change to how the federal government supports Aboriginal economic development. The new Framework adopts a modern and comprehensive approach to Aboriginal economic development that is opportunity-driven and puts emphasis on building strategic partnerships. Developed through extensive engagement with other federal departments and agencies, provinces and territories, Aboriginal groups, and the private sector, the Framework is a focused, government-wide approach to Aboriginal economic development.
To help focus input on program renovation options, a discussion guide entitled Renovating Programs in Support of Lands and Economic Development has been produced. The guide will also be used by department officials to promote discussion during the INAC-led sessions.
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