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OTTAWA, ON (April 26, 2007) – The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today announced the appointment of Chief Clarence Louie of British Columbia, as the Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board.
“There is no Aboriginal leader in Canada today who is better known for his commitment to Aboriginal economic development,” noted Minister Prentice. “From his own experience as Chief of the Osoyoos Indian Band, and as a visionary for the economic potential of all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, Clarence Louie is exceptionally qualified to guide the work of the Board in its forward agenda,” Minister Prentice said.Elected Chief eleven times since 1985, Clarence Louie founded the Osoyoos Indian Band Development Corporation in 1998, and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. The Band manages ten business ventures and administers its own health, social, educational and municipal services. Chief Louie has received many honours recognizing his leadership and the successful efforts of his community.
At the same time, Minister Prentice announced appointments of Nellie Cournoyea (Northwest Territories), and Chief Jim Boucher (Alberta), who will serve as Vice-Chairpersons of the Board. Other new members announced are Chief Victor Buffalo (Alberta); Grand Chief Matthew Mukash (Quebec), and Dale Booth (Ontario). The appointments take effect immediately and continue for three years.
“This is an outstanding group of individuals whose experience and achievement in business, community development, public service, finance, and other fields, allow us to create a renewed and re-energized National Board. I look forward to working with Chief Louie and his colleagues to pursue economic development measures that will benefit all Aboriginal peoples, and Canada as a whole,” said Minister Prentice. “At the same time, I would like to thank Rosa Walker, who served as Interim Chairperson of the Board over recent months, and the other members whose terms have expired, for their dedication and efforts on behalf of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples.
The National Aboriginal Economic Development Board is mandated by federal Cabinet, and members are appointed by Order-in-Council. The Board’s role is to advise Ministers on policy, programming, and program coordination matters related to Aboriginal economic development.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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