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National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) to host Northern Development Roundtable
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National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEDB) Members to
Attend Northern Development Meetings in Whitehorse
(Ottawa June 24, 2015) – On Friday June 26 the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board (NAEBD) will host the Northern Development Roundtable with regional and national leaders to develop effective strategies to address the North’s infrastructure deficit. The meeting will take place in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Canada’s North is particularly underdeveloped in infrastructure. NAEDB’s recently released Aboriginal Economic Progress Report outlined economic gaps in Canada’s North and Aboriginal communities. Northern communities face infrastructure deficits that act as an impediment to economic growth in the regions. These include:
Large land mass and small populations make traditional infrastructure financing challenging
The North’s rugged terrain and short building season make the region costly for development
Existing deficit of core community infrastructure is absorbing funds for infrastructure leaving little room for strategic or long term infrastructure investment
However, the potential for positive economic impact from infrastructure investment in the North is great. NAEDB members will work with other stakeholders to address the economic challenges and opportunities for Northern communities.
Dawn Madahbee, NAEDB Vice-Chair, Ontario
Hilda Broomfield Letemplier, NAEDB Member, Newfoundland and Labrador
For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:
Established in 1990, the NAEDB is a Governor in Council appointed board mandated to provide strategic policy and program advice to the federal government on Aboriginal economic development. Comprised of First Nations, Inuit and Métis community and business leaders from across Canada, the Board plays an important role in helping the federal government develop economic policies and programs that are coordinated, accessible and responsive to the unique needs and circumstances of Aboriginal Canadians.