WINNIPEG, Nov. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, today announced support for Long Plain First Nation's urban reserve in Winnipeg.
"Our Government is committed to improving the lives of Aboriginal
people," said Minister Valcourt. "We are pleased to support Long Plain
First Nation, as they continue to work to develop this urban reserve
into a business district, bringing economic benefits to the First
Nation and the surrounding area".
"Long Plain First Nation is pleased to announce that we have today
secured the necessary financing to move this important economic project
forward to reality," said Chief Dennis Meeches of Long Plain First
Nation. "We thank Minister Valcourt and the Government of Canada for
their support in the development of Winnipeg's first urban reserve.
This is an important milestone for Long Plain and we will witness more
As announced in May 2013, the urban reserve is home to Yellowquill College and the
First Nation's plans include development of an 80,000-square-foot
office building, a gas station, a convenience store and other
The Government of Canada is dedicated to helping provide greater
opportunities for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and to helping Aboriginal
business owners succeed. To this end, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Canada is contributing $185,400 through its Community Economic Opportunities Program for economic infrastructure such as parking, water and waste services,
so that the First Nation can proceed with furthering the developments
for the urban reserve near the Polo Park shopping complex.
SOURCE: Government of Canada
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Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Long Plain First Nation
Chief Dennis Meeches
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