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–A summary of recent announcements, opportunities and initiatives pertaining to AANDC–
On March 29th, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled Budget 2012. Aboriginal people will benefit from the measures in Budget 2012 that support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. Visit the Budget website . For highlights on Aboriginal and Northern investments, visit the AANDC website.
On March 20th, Minister Duncan delivered a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Aboriginal-Business Connection Series. To read more about the Government's commitment to economic development and job creation for First Nations, read the Minister's Speech.
On March 19th, Canada and the Long Plain First Nation announced the final settlement of an outstanding specific claim. Under the settlement, Canada will provide the First Nation with $21.3 million to resolve the claim. The settlement is for financial compensation only and does not have a land component. Read the News Release.
On March 6th, Minister Duncan announced that the Attawapiskat First Nation awarded the construction contract to build its new school to Penn-Co Construction Canada (2003) Ltd. of Blumenort, Manitoba. The new school is expected to open during the 2013-2014 school year. When completed, the 5,808-square-metre new school will accommodate 540 students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Read the News Release.
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