Federal leaders mark National Aboriginal Day

There was a large celebration at the Forks in Winnipeg for National Aboriginal Day on Saturday,...

There was a large celebration at the Forks in Winnipeg for National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:58 PM ET

OTTAWA — The government announced several million dollars in funding for economic development projects in First Nations communities as celebrations for National Aboriginal Day took place across the country.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt announced $1 million for a shopping mall as part of the next building phase of the Grey Rocks Power Centre on the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation near Edmundston, N.B.

In his address on National Aboriginal Day, Valcourt emphasized federal investments in economic development and skills training and keys to helping First Nations prosper more in the future.

"This year we have made progress on priorities we share with First Nations to ensure they have access to the same opportunities for self-sufficiency and prosperity as every other Canadian."

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair issued a statement saying First Nations still faced too many challenges in addressing basic needs compared with average Canadians.

 


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