November 19, 2014 – Quebec City, Qc – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, attended the opening ceremony of the True North Treasure Initiative today, at the 35th Québec Mines Conference. He was accompanied by the Government of Quebec's Minister for Mines, Luc Blanchette.
Minister Valcourt took the opportunity to announce a $7.3 million investment to support Aboriginal participation in the development of Northern Quebec, particularly in major mining projects in the Labrador Trough.
By facilitating the creation of partnerships, the Government of Canada's goal is to support engagement of Aboriginal communities with the private sector and governments. More particularly, the intervention components of the Initiative are aimed at developing the labour market, Aboriginal entrepreneurship and sustainable revenues.
This year, the Government of Canada is taking part in Québec Mines as an affiliated partner by holding an activity focusing on Aboriginal involvement in mining development. Minister Valcourt took the opportunity to meet with partners and beneficiaries of the True North Initiative during a round table about Aboriginal workers and employment opportunities in the mining industry.
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