North: Hop­ing to at­tract 2,000 im­mi­grants

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Lo­cated in Canada’s far north, the ter­ri­tory, which bor­ders Canada’s two other ter­ri­to­ries, Yukon to the west and Nu­navut to the east, and sits above Bri­tish Columbia and Al­berta and ex­tends up to the Arc­tic Cir­cle, has a land area of 1,183,085 sqm, almost as large as China’s In­ner Mon­go­lia Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion.

The pop­u­la­tion of the ter­ri­tory, con­sti­tut­ing about 50% abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple, is less than 45,000, only about half of ca­pac­ity of the Na­tional Sta­dium in Beijing.

“We are hop­ing to at­tract 2,000 Chi­nese im­mi­grants in the fu­ture three years,” said David Ram­say.

The NWT has abun­dant nat­u­ral re­source in­clud­ing gold and oil, and it is the world’s third-largest di­a­mond pro­duc­ing re­gion by value.

“We are a land of po­ten­tial. We have cop­per, gold and rare earths. We have a wealth of en­ergy re­sources in­clud­ing an es­ti­mated 80 tril­lion cu­bic feet of nat­u­ral gas and 15 bil­lion bar­rels of oil,” said McLeod.

The NWT’s ge­o­log­i­cal re­sources has at­tracted global en­ergy and min­ing gi­ants. Bri­tish Pe­tro­leum is cur­rently pro­duc­ing oil in the Ter­ri­tory. Two of the big­gest min­eral re­sources com­pa­nies in the world, BHP Bil­li­ton and Rio Tin­tomine, get many of their di­a­monds from the NWT

Long be­fore the dis­cov­ery of gold or di­a­monds, the fur trade was the orig­i­nal econ­omy of the NWT. The wild fur from the area is renowned and highly sought for its lus­ter, color and lux­ury.

“At ev­ery fur auc­tion, our wild fur is in very high de­mand, par­tic­u­larly from Chi­nese buy­ers,” McLeod said, con­tin­u­ing that the wild fur from the NWT meets or ex­ceeds in­ter­na­tional hu­mane har­vest­ing stan­dards.

The Ter­ri­tory is also “the Aurora Cap­i­tal of the world”, where its dark win­ter skies pro­vide a pris­tine back­drop for the power and mys­tery of the Aurora Bo­re­alis.

“Last year at this time, CCBC and the Premier and his del­e­ga­tion hosted a sim­i­lar lun­cheon to meet with the Chi­nese business com­mu­nity to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion. The fact that the Premier has re­turned this year clearly demon­strates that the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries is com­mit­ted to fos­ter­ing the re­la­tion­ships that were started a year ago, and con­tin­u­ing to build new ones in China,” said Guy Saint-Jac­ques, Canada’s am­bas­sador to China. “2014 was an im­por­tant year in the Canada-China bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship,” said Saint-Jac­ques. “The com­mer­cial re­la­tion­ship con­tin­ued to blos­som, with another year of more than $70 bil­lion in two way trade, record lev­els of Chi­nese tourists and stu­dents in Canada, and the rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Canada-China For­eign In­vest­ment Pro­mo­tion and Pro­tec­tion Agree­ment.

“We saw nu­mer­ous vis­its to China by se­nior Cana­dian of­fi­cials, high­lighted by Prime Min­is­ter Harper’s visit in Novem­ber. The at­ten­tion that China gets among Cana­dian lead­ers il­lus­trates both the rise in the im­por­tance of China in world af­fairs as well as the in­creas­ing im­por­tance of CanadaChina re­la­tion­ship to Cana­di­ans.”

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