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INAC, in collaboration with other federal departments, has prepared a report on the Government of Canada's progress in addressing Aboriginal issues. A Progress Report on Aboriginal Initiatives from the Government of Canada (2009-2010) focuses on new and key activities between April 1, 2009, and March 31, 2010, including a summary of the achievements and investments made under the first year of Canada's Economic Action Plan. Read the Progress Report.
Once again, many successful National Aboriginal Day celebrations were held across Canada. This year, Minister Strahl attended a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in Ottawa on June 21st, an event organized by the Department of National Defence to remember Aboriginal veterans. Visit the new INAC YouTube channel to watch a National Aboriginal Day video, as well as Aboriginal success story vignettes.
On June 30th, Bill C-24, the First Nations Certainty of Land Title Act, passed through Parliament with unanimous support from all parties. The bill amends the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act to allow on-reserve commercial real estate projects to benefit from greater certainty of title. Read the News Release.
On June 29th, Minister Strahl and the Honourable John Edzerza, Minister of Environment for the Government of Yukon, announced an agreement to fund the remediation of the Marwell Tar Pit in Whitehorse, the largest hydro-carbon contaminated site in Yukon. The 10-year-long project is estimated to cost $6.8 million; Canada will fund 70 per cent (to a maximum of $4.76 million) and Yukon will fund 30 per cent. Read the News Release.
In a June 16th statement, Minister Strahl offered congratulations to the Haida Nation on the official renaming of the Queen Charlotte Islands, located in British Columbia, to Haida Gwaii. Read the News Release.
In Winnipeg on June 16th, at the first of seven national Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) events, Minister Strahl spoke about the importance of the TRC gatherings, highlighting how these events are bringing people together in a spirit of reconciliation and engagement. Read the Speech.
On June 16th, while speaking at the first Truth and Reconciliation National Event, Minister Strahl announced the Government's intention to repeal old provisions of the Indian Act that provide the authority to establish Indian Residential Schools and remove children from their homes and communities. Read the News Release.
On June 11th, Minister Strahl congratulated the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation on the opening of its innovative six-unit housing development, one of 13 multi-unit housing developments being funded under CEAP on-reserve housing initiative in Ontario. Read the News Release.
To mark the second anniversary of the historic apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools, Minister Strahl released a statement on June 11th. Read the Statement.
On June 10th, Minister Strahl announced the launch of engagement sessions to obtain input about how to improve the Department's Aboriginal economic development programs. Until November 2010, 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. Read the News Release.
On May 27th, Minister Strahl announced that approximately $9 million will be provided annually over the next four years to upgrade the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program from a pilot program to a fully expanded training and capacity building program. Read the News Release.
On July 6th and 7th, Minister Strahl visited Quebec City and Chisasibi, where he made three important announcements:
Minister Strahl announced the appointment of Fred Caron as Chief Federal Negotiator for negotiations on the Mohawks of Kanesatake's Seigneury of Lake of Two Mountains specific claim. Read the News Release.
Work to rebuild Boulevard Cicip, located in the Algonquin community of Lac Simon, Quebec, is nearing completion. This road is the community's main thoroughfare and links the Lac Simon reserve to provincial Highway 117, providing the community with a safe access road. INAC's contribution of $1.7 million to this project was made under the First Nations Infrastructure Fund (FNIF). Read the News Release.
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