Abo­rig­i­nal Busi­ness Mem­bers Par­tic­i­pate in At- lan­tic Ship­build­ing Ac­tion Plan

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In Novem­ber, mem­bers of At­lantic Canada’s Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pated in a sup­plier de­vel­op­ment in­for­ma­tion ses­sion or­ga­nized in Mill­brook, Nova Sco­tia, un­der the At­lantic Ship­build­ing Ac­tion Plan.

“Our Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to cre­at­ing the right con­di­tions for eco­nomic growth and job cre­ation for all Cana­di­ans, in­clud­ing our Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties,” said the Hon­or­able Peter MacKay, Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence and Re­gional Min­is­ter for Nova Sco­tia. “Our $33-bil­lion in­vest­ment in ship­build­ing will gen­er­ate tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties for small and medium-sized en­ter­prises through­out At­lantic Canada, and this in­for­ma­tion ses­sion will help our Abo­rig­i­nal busi­ness com­mu­nity to un­der­stand th­ese op­por­tu­ni­ties, as well as gov­ern­ment and in­dus­try sup­port tools that can help them pre- pare for re­lated sup­ply chains.”

"Ses­sions such as th­ese show­case how our Gov­ern­ment, un­der the Fed­eral Frame­work for Abo­rig­i­nal Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, con­tin­ues to work with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties to en­able them to seize real, sig­nif­i­cant and sus­tain­able eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties," said the Hon­or­able John Dun­can, Min­is­ter of Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs and North­ern De­vel­op­ment.

In Septem­ber, an In­no­va­tion Show­case was held in Halifax, Nova Sco­tia, pro­vid­ing a key op­por­tu­nity for At­lantic busi­nesses and re­searchers to pro­mote their in­no­va­tive prod­ucts and ser­vices to do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional ma­rine and de­fence sub-con­trac­tors.

More than 1,000 At­lantic SMEs from both ur­ban and ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have ben­e­fited from the vi­tal in­for­ma­tion they ob­tained and the con­tacts they made as a re­sult of At­lantic Ship­build­ing Ac­tion Plan ini­tia­tives.

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