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Creation of aboriginal jobs:

Minister Geoffrey Kelley announces a $622,000 investment to support the economic and community development of the Mohawks of Akwesasne

Québec, October 7, 2005 – Visiting the Mohawk Community of Akwesasane for the very first time, Mr. Geoffrey Kelley, Minister for Native Affairs, is pleased to announce a financial contribution of $622,300 from the Aboriginal Development Fund to carry out six economic and community projects, the total cost of which stands at $1,264,663.

I am proud to be associated with the unveiling of this financial support, which will contribute to job creation and will promote the development of the Akwesasne Community as well as that of our region,” mentioned Mr. André Chenail, MNA for the electoral division of Huntingdon.

This support will help improve the quality of various services offered to the Community of Akwesasne, notably in the security and recreation sectors. The sums in question will make it possible to modernize certain existing facilities and to invest in new infrastructures such as the creation of a parking area and the construction of a community gazebo adjacent to two recreation centres. It should be mentioned that 35 jobs, including 3 full-time jobs and 32 part-time jobs, will be created and consolidated as the result of the carrying out of these six projects.

The financial support of the Government of Québec ($622,300) is broken down as follows:

Modernization of the facilities of the Band Council:
Renovation of the Peace Tree Trade Centre:
Construction of a building at the St-Régis Recreation Centre:
Creation of a parking area at the Snye Recreation Centre:
Setting up of a computer and Internet service:
Modernization of the equipment of the voluntary firefighters' department:

I would like to congratulate the Akwesasne Mohawk Council for their leadership and their determination in implementing core projects that will improve the quality of life of the members of the community. By funding this type of initiative, we are fulfilling our commitment to support the development of aboriginal communities,” emphasized Minister Kelley.



Claire Rémillard
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Geoffrey Kelley
Telephone: (418) 643-4980

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