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Strategic Investments Continue to Create Jobs and Stimulate the E

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - The Honourable Chuck
Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal
Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians and Minister of the
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, today announced the
significant progress demonstrated through Canada's Economic Action Plan
( and the benefits to Aboriginal communities from coast to coast to coast through job creation.

"The Government of Canada continues to follow through on its
commitment to make strategic investments across the country," said the
Honourable Chuck Strahl. "Through projects such as these, new jobs are
created and maintained, in turn boosting Canada's economy."

Canada's Economic Action Plan provides $200 million over the next
two years to support the construction of 12 new schools and major
school renovation projects in First Nation communities. To date, school
infrastructure projects are progressing as planned with nine projects
having gone to tender and seven tenders having been awarded.

For example, the Birch Narrows First Nation, located approximately
490 km northwest of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, received approximately
$21 million under Canada's Economic Action Plan. This enables the First
Nation to build a new kindergarten to grade 12 facility in partnership
with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Over the next two years $165 million is also allocated to support
the on-reserve construction of 18 water and wastewater projects. Of the
15 water and wastewater projects scheduled to begin construction this
fiscal year, eleven have gone to tender and ten tenders have been

The Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation is receiving over $7 million to
facilitate upgrades to their wastewater collection system. This project
enables the community to improve its wastewater disposal, while
creating over 1,600 hours of employment for locals since October 2009.

A new sewage lagoon in Pinaymootang, Manitoba, made possible
through an investment of $6.9 million will service the majority of the
First Nation community - approximately 240 homes, as well as the
on-reserve school facilities. Not only has this infrastructure project
created jobs but it will help to ensure the sustainability and health
of 1,250 people over the long term as the lagoon can be easily expanded
for additional growth.

"Our Government is making important investments that will directly
benefit Northerners - today and in the future," said the Honourable
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister Responsible for the North and Minister of
Health. "These substantial and diverse initiatives across the North are
ensuring that jobs are created and Northerners participate fully in the
region's growing economic opportunities.

"Canada's Economic Action Plan provided $1.2 million to the
Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and
Natural Resources to support forest fire management activities.
Fourteen NWT communities will engage in forest fuel reduction projects,
including brush-cutting and tree removal. Through this project,
approximately 100 people will be employed through March 2010 and will
build local skills and experience.

Tourism is an important economic driver in every Yukon community.
Canada's Economic Action Plan has provided $525,000 to Destination
Yukon, a marketing and public relations campaign to attract more
Canadian travelers to the Yukon from high potential areas. Destination
Yukon has an estimate of 64 jobs across Canada of which about 2/3 would
be in Yukon. The strategic investment in enhanced tourism marketing in
2009/2010 will stimulate an increase in air travel to Yukon while
providing long term benefits and protect Yukon jobs in the airline and
Yukon's tourism industry.

Canada's Economic Action Plan also provided approximately $620,000
to the Government of Nunavut for projects aimed at strengthening and
diversifying the Cumberland Sound inshore fishing industry. An
additional $60,000 will bolster the ongoing multi-species stock
assessment taking place in the waters of the Hudson Strait. These
projects will support knowledge and capacity building in Nunavut's
fishing industry, ensuring that the sector continues to grow in a
sustainable manner.

These projects in Nunavut have also provided employment for 22
people for an estimated 100 person-weeks, as well as 18 person-weeks of
employment at a Nunavut fish plant for processing. Twelve people also
received training under the Small Vessel Operators Program.

The Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada produces
quarterly progress reports outlining progress across a number of
federal departments on Aboriginal initiatives under Canada's Economic
Action Plan. For more information go to:


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