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Government of Canada Supports Community Improvements Through The

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), today announced funding to support two First Nations projects in the Northwest Territories. These projects were made possible through Canada's Economic Action to create jobs, support tourism development opportunities, and make community improvements.

"These projects will create local jobs and will support community health and safety,"said Minister Strahl, who is also Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for M├ętis and Non-Status Indians. "The Tulita Dene Band Council and Katlodeeche First Nation are positive examples of Northern communities that are working to create sustainable local economies and vibrant, healthy communities. Our government is proud to be able to support their efforts."

"These community-based projects will improve local infrastructure and will stimulate local business and open the door for tourists to visit and explore the Northwest Territories," said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of Health.

Federal funding of $488,000 will be provided for the Tulita Dene Band Council, working in cooperation with the Norman Wells Land Corporation, to gather and remove miles of communications wire on the Canol Trail. The wire was left behind after the original construction of the Canol Trail in the 1940's. The wire cleanup will remove a hazard to wildlife and people that use the trail, enhance community recreational use, and support the further development of eco-tourism activities in the area.

The Katlodeeche First Nation will receive federal funding of $300,000 to undertake four community improvement projects. They include landscaping and beautifying the town centre, creating a two-acre community garden, wildfire prevention and protection activities, and improving a seven-kilometre long nature trail. The projects which are intended to complement other local efforts to boost tourism and local business in the area and will also support the health and well-being of residents.

Funding for both initiatives is being provided through CanNor's Community Adjustment Fund (CAF). As part of Canada's Economic Action Plan, the CAF program is a two-year $1 billion national program that provides economic stimulus by supporting projects that create jobs in communities impacted by the global recession. Long-term economic and environmental benefits are also funding considerations. The fund will provide $32.8 million to Northern Canada.

The CAF is one of a suite of economic development programs that fall under the mandate of CanNor in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut. CanNor is responsible for coordinating and delivering federal economic development activities in the territories, and for policy, research and advocacy. Promoting social and economic development in the North is one of the four pillars of the Government of Canada's integrated Northern Strategy.

For copies of CanNor news releases, visit: http://www.north.gc.ca/index-eng.asp

To learn more about Canada's Economic Action Plan, visit http://www.actionplan.gc.ca/ and for more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit http://www.northernstrategy.ca/index-eng.asp






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