Minister Cannon to Advance Canada's Arctic Agenda at Arctic Council Meeting in Norway

(No. 109 - April 24, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will participate in the Sixth Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting on April 29 in Tromsø, Norway.

"The Arctic Council meeting provides an opportunity for Canada to advance its Northern priorities and foreign policy, and to discuss with other governments the opportunities and challenges presented by a more accessible Arctic. The Council is the premier circumpolar organization for states and indigenous peoples to discuss Arctic issues of common concern.

"Canada is an Arctic power. This government is engaging with our neighbours and partners through the Council to support sustainable development, environmental protection and vibrant, healthy communities in Northern Canada."

Joining Minister Cannon in the Canadian delegation to Tromsø will be premiers Floyd Roland of the Northwest Territories and Eva Aariak of Nunavut, and Deputy Premier Elaine Taylor of Yukon.

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