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The Government of Québec announces the inauguration of a service station in the Algonquin community of Eagle Village-Kipawa

January 17, 2005 - Mr. Benoît Pelletier, Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs and Aboriginal Affairs, today announced, by way of Mr. Daniel Bernard, MNA for Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue, the inauguration of a service station in the Algonquin community of Eagle Village-Kipawa in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

The Government of Québec contributed to the realization of this project by investing $536,000 from the Aboriginal Development Fund. The funding provided made it possible to lay out the property, construct a building and purchase the equipment required for the start-up of operations. The business will offer several products and services for the community's residents, including a gas station, a convenience store, a restaurant and a hardware store.

This achievement supports the creation of jobs related to the management and operation of the Migizy Gas service station. "I am happy to see this project become a reality. It is a superb example of the aboriginal spirit of entrepreneurship, the economic spin-offs of which will be beneficial for the development of the entire community," pointed out Mr. Daniel Bernard.

"Projects like the Migizy Gaz service station are structuring in nature for a community. I would like to congratulate the elected representatives and the business men and women of Eagle Village-Kipawa who have shown leadership and determination in starting up this business. For the Government of Québec, this type of partnership is essential to create jobs and future possibilities in aboriginal communities," added Benoît Pelletier.

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