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Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and Canadian Polar Commission Reports on Plans and Priorities 2008-2009

by NationTalk on April 2, 2008515 Views

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

Minister’s Message

On behalf of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and the Canadian Polar Commission, I am pleased to present to Parliament and the people of Canada the Report on Plans and Priorities for 2008–09.It has been six months since I became INAC Minister and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians — time enough to travel extensively and meet Aboriginal, northern, provincial and territorial leaders, and to learn from them about the diverse challenges and opportunities facing Canada’s Aboriginal and northern communities where our history meets our future.

INAC has an Aboriginal mandate and a northern mandate, both of which aim at ensuring that Aboriginal and northern individuals and communities overcome conditions of dependency and isolation, and take advantage of the many opportunities in and around their communities so they can play an important role in the future development of Canada’s economy and society.

In its Aboriginal mandate, INAC has identified several broad areas of action in fiscal year 2008–09, including education, economic development, settlement of claims and reconciliation, the empowerment of First Nations citizens and the protection of those most vulnerable.

With respect to its northern mandate, in 2008–09, INAC will focus on implementing key elements of the government’s Northern Strategy, as announced in the most recent Speech from the Throne, continue its work on International Polar Year and pursue devolution of responsibilities to its territorial partners.

Across both mandates and all activities, the emphasis of INAC will remain the same: determined follow through on commitments already made; effective leadership and advocacy inside the Government of Canada on a wide range of Aboriginal and northern priorities; responsible and respectful partnership with Aboriginal and northern communities, provincial and territorial governments, and national and regional Aboriginal organizations; productive co-operation with and involvement of the private sector; and continued focus on achieving measurable results.

The 2008–2009 Report on Plans and Priorities shows the challenges ahead and maps out practical courses of action to address these challenges in a manner designed to strengthen accountability to Parliament and to all Canadians.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians

>>DOWNLOAD Report on Plans and Priorities.

http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/2008-2009/inst/ian/ian00-eng.asp

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