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    ... Subject: Shellfish business to create jobs and revenues for Comox First Nation Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 13:05:57 -0500 From: portfolio@newswire.ca To:
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      Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2003 13:05:57 -0500
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      Attention News Editors:


      Shellfish business to create jobs and revenues for Comox First Nation

      VICTORIA, BC, March 6 /CNW/ - The Honourable Stephen Owen, Secretary of
      State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, on behalf of the Honourable
      Robert D. Nault, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development,
      announced today an investment of $54,000 to support the Comox First Nation in
      developing a shellfish aquaculture operation. Once the primary and intertidal
      sites have reached their full potential, the business could create up to 40
      full time jobs and annual revenues of $2.1 million for the Comox First Nation.
      "It is a very exciting time for the Comox First Nation as we participate
      in an economic development opportunity initiated by First Nations and the
      Government of Canada," said Chief Ernest Hardy. "This economic opportunity
      allows us to move forward in ensuring the sustainability of the Comox First
      Nation and it allows us to re-establish our cultural and economic ties to
      Baynes Sound and Comox Harbour area, which was extensively used by our
      people."
      In addition to jobs, this project will create significant number of
      training opportunities for Comox members to develop skills related to the
      shellfish aquaculture business.
      "Canada's economic and social well being benefits from strong, self
      sufficient Aboriginal people and communities," said Minister Owen. "By
      supporting business opportunities such as this, the Government of Canada is
      helping to encourage greater participation by First Nations in the economy."
      The Comox First Nation's Shellfish Program is currently working on the
      governance, strategic planning and operational stages of the project, while
      they wait for tenure applications to be formally accepted by Lands and Water
      British Columbia. The Comox First Nation has been proactive in establishing
      good working relationships with local municipal government and it is
      anticipated that work could begin on some of their inter tidal sites by April
      1, 2003.
      The Comox First Nation is located on Vancouver Island near Comox and has
      a membership of 274 people.

      Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is working in partnership with
      First Nations to maximize Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy.
      Through its economic development programs, INAC is helping to foster strong
      First Nation communities and economies by facilitating partnerships with the
      private sector, reducing obstacles and increasing access to business
      opportunities. Since April 2002, INAC has invested $5.6 million to support 52
      projects in British Columbia.

      This release is also available in electronic format at www.inac.gc.ca




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      For further information: please contact: Karl Freeborn, Communications
      Officer, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, 604-666-2944



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