Premier McLeod to Chair Working Group of Aboriginal Affairs Ministers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders

November 22, 2013
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YELLOWKNIFE (November 22, 2013) – Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations Bob McLeod joined Aboriginal Affairs Ministers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders earlier this week in Winnipeg, Manitoba for a meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG). During the meeting, Premier McLeod was called upon by his colleagues to take on responsibility for leading the important work of the AAWG and assume the Chair of the group when it rotates later next year.

“In the coming months, I look forward to the opportunity to chair the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group and I thank my colleagues for their support in taking on this leadership role,” said Premier McLeod. “In the Northwest Territories, we work in very close partnership with Aboriginal governments and we will highlight this approach through the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group. We know first-hand what we can achieve through cooperation and mutual respect and this is something that we will share with the rest of Canada.”

The AAWG is composed of Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs from all provinces and territories and Leaders from the five National Aboriginal Organizations: the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council, and the Native Women's Association of Canada.

The AAWG promotes coordination and collaboration on key priority issues to further support and ensure a stronger future for Aboriginal communities across the country. This includes reinforcing and developing efforts to support safe communities and prevent violence against Aboriginal women and girls, enhancing skills training and educational opportunities, building strong working relationships with Aboriginal communities to support economic development and continuing to work with the federal government to address housing challenges and to enhance emergency management and support services.

The AAWG is currently chaired by the province of Manitoba. The Northwest Territories will assume the role of Chair in July 2014 following the annual meeting of Premiers and National Aboriginal Organization Leaders in conjunction with the Council of the Federation summer meeting.

For more information:

Ngan Trinh
Senior Communications Advisor
Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: (867) 920-6989
Email: ngan_trinh@gov.nt.ca