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Re-appointed Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan will build on success in raising awareness and understanding among Canadians on treaty issues
May 2, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Bernard Valcourt, today announced the re-appointment of George E. Lafond as Commissioner of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner (OTC) in Saskatchewan.
The Treaty Commission is part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to address treaty issues through co-operative relationships with Treaty First Nations and was created in partnership with First Nation organizations.
The mandate of the Treaty Commissioner, which includes activities such as public education, facilitation and independent research, has been extended to March 31, 2016. This two-year extension will enable continued focus on developing and facilitating productive partnerships, particularly with industry; and cooperation with and between Treaty First Nations, provinces, training/educational institutions and the private sector.
“I am pleased to announce the re-appointment of Mr. Lafond as the Commissioner of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner for Saskatchewan who will continue to lead the Commission’s important work to raise public awareness of treaty issues. Canada supports the Commission in building on the tremendous successes such as the public education efforts in making Teaching Treaties in the Classroom mandatory curriculum for K-12 for all schools.”
– Bernard Valcourt, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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