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Signing of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation Land and Resources Agreement-in-Principle

Working together to advance reconciliation and strengthen relationships

July 31, 2015 – Ottawa, ON – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Garry Bailey, President of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation, and the Honourable Bob McLeod, Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations for the Government of the Northwest Territories are pleased to announce that an important milestone has been reached with the signing of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation (AIP). The AIP, which is not legally binding, will serve as the foundation for the negotiation of a final land and resources agreement with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation. It marks an important step on the road toward achieving clarity over land and resource ownership, use and management for all parties. 

With the signing of the AIP, the three parties will commence negotiations toward a final land and resources agreement which will also address self-government. The objective of the overall negotiations is to provide clarity over the ownership, use and management of land and resources for all parties.

Quick facts

  • The AIP deals with various matters, including harvesting of wildlife, fish, trees and plants, national parks, protected areas, subsurface resources, mineral royalty sharing and economic measures.
  • Under a Final Agreement, the Northwest Territory Métis Nation would receive $69.4 million and 25,194 square kilometres of land to be owned in fee simple.
  • When a Final Agreement is reached among the parties, the members of the Northwest Territory Métis Nation will vote on the Agreement prior to it being approved by the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada.
  • Consultations with Aboriginal groups were carried out prior to concluding the AIP and will continue as part of final agreement negotiations.
  • Since 2006, Canada and its negotiation partners have signed six comprehensive land claims (modern treaties) agreements and three self-government agreements in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Manitoba and Québec. Of the six signed

    comprehensive land claim agreements, four included provisions related to self-government. In the last 18 months, three Agreements-in-Principle and one final agreement have been signed in the Northwest Territories.

Quotes

“This Northwest Territory Métis Nation Agreement-in-Principle on Land and Resources is a concrete step toward realizing economic growth and investment opportunities for the benefit of Aboriginal groups. It serves as a clear indication of what can be achieved when partners work together to find an agreement that is mutually acceptable for all the parties.”

Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development

“The signing of the Land and Resources Agreement-in-Principle is an important milestone and demonstrates the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories’ commitment to concluding a Final Agreement with the Northwest Territory Métis Nation. This Agreement-in-Principle provides a sound basis toward advancing the interests of Indigenous Metis of the NWT. Furthermore, it provides a solid foundation upon which our Government can build upon equitable and fair government-to-government relationships with the Government of Canada and Government of the Northwest Territories. The Northwest Territory Métis Nation is committed to achieving a Final Agreement in a timely manner for the interests of Indigenous Métis of the Northwest Territories and future generations.”

Garry Bailey,
President, Northwest Territory Métis Nation

“This Agreement-in-Principle is an important step towards clarifying land and resource ownership and wildlife harvesting rights for the Métis of the South Slave region. The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to working with Northwest Territory Métis Nation and Canada to conclude a final agreement that balances the interests of all parties, protects Métis culture and promotes a more stable, positive climate for investment and development.”

Bob McLeod,
Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations for the Government of the Northwest Territories

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Contacts

Emily Hillstrom
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
819-997-0002

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

Kyle Napier
Communications
Northwest Territory Métis Nation
867-872-2770

Roya Grinsted
Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Office of the Premier and Executive Council

867-669-2308

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National Park Reserve Values

Located in the East Coast Boreal Natural Region of Parks Canada’s world-class, national parks system, Akami–uapishku – KakKasuak – Mealy Mountains National Park Reserve of Canada will protect approximately 10,700 square kilometres of a stunning array of pristine landscapes, vegetation and wildlife. Canada’s newest and 46th national park will protect cultural landscapes of importance to Innu, Inuit, southern Inuit and other people in the region.

The focal point of the park reserve is the Mealy Mountains themselves – the rugged mountains that give the area its name. Their glacially-rounded and bare rock summits, which overlook Lake Melville, reach to 1,100 metres.

Easterly from the mountain tundra of the Mealy Mountains is a dramatic transition to a lush forested landscape, which gently descends toward the coast until it meets the frigid waters of the Labrador Sea. This is a landscape of undisturbed watersheds and pristine wild rivers with breathtaking rapids and waterfalls.

The beautiful White Bear, North and English rivers include both Atlantic salmon and trout, and their valleys will offer exceptional hiking opportunities to visitors. Where the park reserve fronts the Labrador Sea, an extensive, 50-kilometre stretch of unbroken sandy beaches known as the Wunderstrand can be found. This spectacular beach is recorded in Viking sagas relating their voyages of exploration along the Atlantic Coast.

The park reserve will play an important role in wildlife conservation. It protects a significant portion of the range of the threatened Mealy Mountains caribou herd, including key habitat along the coast and on offshore islands. Extensive landscapes of boreal forest, which are home to caribou, wolves, black bear, marten and fox can be found both just north of Sandwich Bay as well as along the south shore of Lake Melville. Toward the south, extensive wetlands provide important habitat for migratory birds such as ducks and geese.

With the signing of the park establishment agreements, planning work will begin to guide conservation and visitor experience programs. As well, collaborative efforts with Aboriginal groups and the tourism sector will further enhance the natural and cultural tourism opportunities that will eventually be available to visitors.  The national park reserve will provide outstanding opportunities for all Canadians to appreciate and enjoy this landscape, including Aboriginal cultural experiences and outdoor recreational opportunities such as canoeing, back country camping, and hiking.

Establishing a national park reserve in the Mealy Mountains protects a representative example of Canada’s East Coast Boreal Region, achieving important progress towards the goal of creating a system of national parks that represents the rich diversity of Canada’s landscapes. It will also contribute to Newfoundland and Labrador’s objective of protecting examples of each of the province’s ecoregions.

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Harper Government Invests in Improvements to Medicine Hat's Community Infrastructure

July 31, 2015 – Medicine Hat, Alberta – Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification Canada, announced support of $134,902 for South Grandstand Stampede Grounds under the Government of Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.  

In Economic Action Plan 2015, the Government of Canada announced further support for communities with the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. Thanks to a commitment of $150 million, communities from coast to coast to coast will see support for improvements to local infrastructure, creating a lasting legacy as Canada prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program will help fund renovations, expansions and rehabilitations to existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for the public. The Program represents one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity across Canada.

Quick Facts

  • Since 1887, the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede Company has hosted exhibitions to bring urban and rural people together. Upgrades to the South Grandstand Stampede roof and HVAC systems will ensure this time honoured tradition continues for generations to come.
  • The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program is one of several infrastructure-related initiatives that the Government of Canada has undertaken to generate well-being and prosperity in communities across Canada.

Quotes

“As Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary of Confederation, our Government is helping to renovate, expand and rehabilitate existing infrastructure that provides community and cultural benefits for Canadians. With investments through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, we are improving life for Canadians while creating jobs and economic growth.”

– LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament for Medicine Hat

“The Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede is an Agricultural Society that brings urban and rural people together to celebrate our Western Heritage. To accomplish this, large investments have been made in buildings and facilities, including the South Grandstand, that require periodic upgrades and enhancements. Repair and maintenance of the roof and HVAC equipment in this facility will assist the Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede to ensure community objectives are met.”

– Jim MacArthur, Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Company Ltd.

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Contacts

Donna Kinley
Regional Communications Manager
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Telephone: 780-495-6892
Email: donna.kinley@wd-deo.gc.ca

Jim MacArthur
General Manager
Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Company Ltd.
Telephone: 403-527-1234
Email: jmacarthur@mhstampede.com

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Minister Holder and MP Ambler announce new research facility to boost Canadian advanced manufacturing

Unique collaboration would see the National Research Council of Canada and Xerox working together to accelerate the commercialization of advanced materials research outcomes

July 31, 2015 – Mississauga, ON

Canadian manufacturers will benefit from a new centre to be built in Mississauga that will help businesses to develop smart materials for the medical, automotive, aerospace and defence industries around the world. The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) and Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament for Mississauga South announced today that the National Research Council of Canada will invest $25 million to build the new Advanced Materials Manufacturing Centre in Mississauga and will collaborate with Xerox to bring these advanced materials to market. The manufacturing sector is a key driver of Canada’s economic prosperity, employing approximately 1.7 million Canadians.

The collaboration between the National Research Council of Canada and the Xerox Research Center of Canada aspires to drive innovation towards emerging technologies that will benefit Canada’s evolving manufacturing sector.

The new facility will be co-located on the Xerox Research Center of Canada campus – in response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s November 2014 announcement of $380 million toward federal laboratories. This is part of a larger $5.8 billion commitment to build and renew public infrastructure across the country. Investments in Canada’s infrastructure improve productivity and create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity from coast to coast to coast.

Designed to serve as a catalyst for innovation in advanced materials, the partnership and state-of-the-art facility would provide world-class expertise and infrastructure to both private and public sector researchers for the development and integration of novel, smart materials for a wide range of products.

Quick Facts

  • Unique in Canada, researchers at XRCC – a division of Xerox Canada Inc. – remain at the global forefront of materials innovation. Advanced materials, sustainable materials, printed electronics, additive manufacturing, and continuous processes are among the areas of expertise at the XRCC.
  • Budget 2015 proposed investments in world-class research and development with over $1.5 billion in funding over five years to advance the Government’s renewed science, technology and innovation strategy.
  • Since 2006, the Government has provided a significant level of funding to support investments in public infrastructure across the country. Economic Action Plan 2013 included $70 billion for public infrastructure over ten years, including the $53 billion New Building Canada Plan to support provincial, territorial and municipal infrastructure that contribute to economic growth, job creation and productivity.

Quotes

“The success of Canada’s economy, the prosperity of its communities, and the well-being of its families depends on advancing cutting-edge science, technology, and innovations. Through the partnership announced today, our government is looking ahead to the new and innovative products and production methods that will push Canadian companies to the forefront of high-tech manufacturing.”

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology)

“Our government is committed to moving ideas from the lab to the marketplace more quickly. This new facility will help develop the next generation advanced materials needed to position Canadian manufacturers to be more competitive on global markets while creating jobs in Mississauga and across Canada.”

Stella Ambler, Member of Parliament, Mississauga South

“We understand the importance of providing manufacturers with the competitive edge they need to bolster their global competitiveness as they strive to grow and prosper. Companies that adopt advanced manufacturing technologies and processes have a significant advantage to deliver high value-added activities and products.”

John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada

“More than four decades ago Xerox made a significant contribution to Canada’s knowledge infrastructure with the establishment of the Xerox Research Center Canada, our global advanced materials research facility. By pairing our amazing researchers and laboratory infrastructure with NRC’s, to focus on areas such as the Internet of Everything, a formidable collaboration can emerge that will accelerate innovation – right here in Canada and globally.”

Sophie Vandebroek, Chief Technology Officer, Xerox Corporation, and President, Xerox Innovation Group

“Innovation is a critical success factor for Canada’s long-term economic resilience. Today’s announcement signifies our enduring commitment to supporting Canada’s capacity to innovate and commercialize research outcomes in partnership with NRC.”

Paul Smith, Vice President, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

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Media Relations Team
National Research Council of Canada
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Scott French
Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs
Office of the Minister of State (Science and Technology)
343-291-2700

Bill McKee
Public Relations
Xerox Canada
585-737-9069
Bill.Mckee@xerox.com

Ebola response mission closes although crisis not over yet

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Fatoumata Lejeune. Photo: UNifeed

“Considerable progress” has been made in combating the deadly Ebola disease in West Africa but the UN remains steadfast in its commitment to getting to zero cases.

That’s according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who officially closed the UN’s emergency response mission in the region, UNMEER, on Friday.

More than 11,000 people died in the three most badly affected countries; Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Maria Carlino asked UNMEER Spokesperson Fatoumata Lejeune about the UN’s strategies to end the epidemic and support social and economic recovery.

Duration: 2’05″