Aboriginal Policy Conference to Showcase New Research

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Ottawa, Ontario (March 6, 2009) – The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC), The University of Western Ontario (Western) and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) are pleased to announce the third Aboriginal Policy Research Conference (APRC), to take place in Ottawa, from March 8 – 12, 2009.“This Conference provides a valuable forum to showcase the latest research findings of leading experts on Aboriginal issues,” says the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. “The federal government is proud to support gatherings like this, so that the knowledge generated by the experts is shared, discussed and ultimately translated into effective policies that improve the quality of life of Aboriginal peoples.”

The Conference will bring together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers and policy makers from Canada and abroad, showcasing the wide range of high-quality research that has recently been conducted on Aboriginal issues in order to inform evidence-based policy making.

“The Aboriginal Policy and Research Conference will ensure that evidence-based research is available to drive effective and appropriate policy, program and legislative processes,” said Western Professor, Jerry White. “As a Co-Chair of the Conference, I am particularly honoured to be a part of such a significant event. We are confident that this research will contribute to the betterment of Aboriginal people’s lives, worldwide.”

The main body of the conference will include over 130 workshops with over 250 researchers. Some workshop themes include:

o Building a First Nations Economy: Land into Trust Mechanisms
o Approaches to Aboriginal Economic Development: An International Comparison
o Issues in Corrections and Justice
o Indian Residential School Settlement and Healing
o Improving Education Outcomes: Culturally Aware Curriculum
o Urban Aboriginal Relations and Program Development Issues

NAFC Executive Director, and APRC Co-Chair, Peter Dinsdale said, “This conference comes at a critical time for Canada and for Aboriginal peoples. In an era of economic uncertainty, it is imperative that policy design and program implementation is done in a manner that truly reflects the needs and realities of the intended beneficiaries of such processes.”

The Aboriginal Policy and Research Conference will take place in Ottawa, March 9th to 12th, 2009, with a preconference on March 8th. For more information on the APRC, and to find a detailed program and schedule, please visit the APRC Web site.

Speakers, panellists, researchers and APRC spokespeople will be available for media interviews throughout the duration of the Conference. Media are directed to contact one of the media coordinators below to arrange an interview.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
819-953-1160

Univeristy of Western Ontario
Jeffery Renaud
Senior Media Relations Officer
(519) 520-7281

National Association of Friendship Centres
Geraldine King
Communications Officer
(613) 296-6234

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