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VANCOUVER – September 15 – Premier Floyd Roland says the Northwest Territories is a leader in its recognition of Aboriginal participation in the sustainable management of land and resources.Speaking to the Aboriginal Land and Resource Management Conference in Vancouver yesterday, the Premier highlighted the significant and growing roles of northern and Aboriginal businesses and investments in the NWT’s resource development.
“It requires meaningful inclusion in all aspects of resource development. Not just at a peripheral level – but as investors and business people – as benefactors – and especially, as decision-makers.”
The Premier pointed to joint efforts taken with the NWT’s diamond industry as an example of how made-in-the-NWT decisions and initiatives have resulted in real benefits for Aboriginal people and NWT residents and businesses in the development of the Territory’s diamond sector.
“Today, we continue to build on the approach we began with the diamond industry to increase the participation of Aboriginal people as investors and business owners in other areas of the economy as well.”
The Premier also told delegates that rising interest in the NWT, increased federal engagement in northern sovereignty and the need for nation-wide economic stimulus will continue to provide “a window of opportunity through which the entire nation can seize opportunity”.
“Our evolution as a Territory and as Aboriginal people has been fast and it has been dramatic. It will be no less so in the future,” he said. “We are seizing our future in ways that engage and benefit the Aboriginal people that call our Territory home,” he said.
The Premier’s Speech is available on line at:
For more information
Press Secretary, Premier/Executive Council
Government of the Northwest Territories
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