Aboriginal Business Members Participate in At- lantic Shipbuilding Action Plan
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.