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GNWT receives PDR for the K’asho Got’ine District portion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway

by NationTalk on March 6, 2012203 Views

Yellowknife (March 5, 2012) – At a handover ceremony at the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, March 1, Minister of Transportation David Ramsay received the completed project description report (PDR) for the K’asho Got’ine District portion of the planned Mackenzie Valley Highway (Got’ine means people).

The Minister accepted the PDR from Edwin Erutse, the President of the K’asho Development Foundation (KDF). Also attending from the KDF were Vice President Joseph Kochon, Secretary Treasurer William McNeely and Chief Richard Kochon. Chief Wilfred McNeely joined the presentation via teleconference due to a prior commitment. The K’asho Development Foundation represents approximately 1000 people who reside in the K’asho Got’ine District of the Sahtu Settlement Area. The PDR is a summary of information required to proceed to the environmental review of the highway project from the Tulita District to the Gwich’in Settlement Area.Minister Ramsay says the PDR reflects the views and values of the people in the K’asho Got’ine District. “This PDR is a thoughtful examination of the important issues that must be addressed for this portion of the Mackenzie Valley Highway,” he said. “It lays an important foundation for a project that will contribute to the sustainability of the K’asho Got’ine and their way of life.”

“We have learned from the past that governments need to work closely with the people most affected by the project and plan together,” says KDF President Erutse. “Our involvement in the creation of this PDR will help to make this project a success.”

All of the PDRs for the Mackenzie Valley Highway have now been completed. They are to be combined into a single project description report for use in the project’s preliminary environmental screening. Funding for this work was cost-shared between the Government of Northwest Territories and the Government of Canada Northern Economic Development Agency.

For more information, please contact:

Earl Blacklock
Manager, Public Affairs and Communications
Department of Transportation
867-873-7712

Edwin Erutse
President
K’asho Development Foundation
867- 598-2548

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