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Québec and the Council of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake sign a community and economie development agreement

Québec, January 6, 2003 - Mr. Rémy Trudel, Minister of State for the Population, Regions and Native Affairs, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement for community and economic development with the Council of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake. The agreement of 1,5 M $ over five years resulting from the Aboriginal Development Fund. This agreement will allow to put forward economic development and community infrastructure initiatives.

The Government of Québec will devote an average sum of $300,000 per year to the projects to which the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake will give priority. At least half of the financing of these projects will have to be assumed by the Algonquins, the federal government or any other partner. The role of the Government of Québec is in keeping with a partnership perspective and is meant to complement the interventions of other socioeconomic agents.

Minister Rémy Trudel pointed out that the Algonquin community of Barriere Lake is the fifth of the nine Algonquin communities in Québec to have signed this type of agreement. “The Government of Québec is proud to provide these communities with tools that will help them develop their sense of entrepreneurship, to participate more in their social, economic and cultural development, and to take part fully in the development of the regions,” he concluded.

The Aboriginal Development Fund was created in 1999 and has a budget of $125 million over five years. To date, 47 communities have signed an agreement for community and economic development with the Government of Québec.

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Source :
Éric Gamache
Press Officer
Office of the Minister of State for the Population, Regions and Native Affairs
418) 644-2128

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