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THE GOVERNMENT OF QUÉBEC AND THE MICMACS OF GESGAPEGIAG BAND COUNCIL SIGN A SPECIAL AGREEMENT

QUÉBEC, April 18, 2001 -Mr. John Martin, Chief of the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band Council, and Mr. Guy Chevrette, Minister of Transport, Minister for Native Affairs, Minister for Wildlife and Parks, are pleased to announce the signing of a special agreement establishing the terms of program planning and cooperation in the field of economic development and community infrastructure.

Under the agreement, Québec will make available, for Gesgapegiag, a budget of 1.6 million dollars over five years. This represents an average annual sum of $320 000, intended to support the carrying out of economic development and community infrastructure projects.

At least half of the project funding must be assumed by the Micmacs, the federal government or any other partner. Québec's role in the field of economic development and community infrastructure in aboriginal communities must be seen in a partnership perspective and as a complement to the initiatives of other socio-economic players.

It should be reiterated that the purpose of this financial commitment by Québec is to give the community economic leverage. This funding is made possible thanks to the Aboriginal Development Fund. Following the special agreement, the Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band Council and the Minister will jointly agree on annual program planning.

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Sources:
Catherine Johnson
Economic Development Director
Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band Council
(418) 759-3441
Édith Rochette
Press attaché
Office of Minister Guy Chevrette
(418) 643-6980
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