OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, introduced
legislation which also passed third reading in the House of Commons.
Bill C-16 will give effect to the first-ever self-government agreement in the Prairies and will now move to the Senate for consideration.
"This historic legislation shows the positive and concrete results that
can be achieved through joint work between Canada and First Nations,"
said Minister Valcourt. "Today marks an important milestone towards
modernizing Canada's relationship with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and
providing the community with the tools and authority to build a more
self-sufficient and prosperous future."
"Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is excited about the opportunities now
possible with our self-government agreement being presented to the
Parliament of Canada for passage," said Chief Vincent Tacan of Sioux
Valley Dakota Nation. "This historic agreement is very important to
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and signals to our membership the
opportunity of participating and enjoying the benefits of being able to
chart our own course, make laws that are important to Sioux Valley
Dakota Nation, and provide for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to exercise
self-governance. We also look forward to continuing positive
relationships with both the Government of Canada and the Province of
This self-government agreement will provide Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
with the authority to make laws affecting its community in over 50
subject areas. This includes governance, economic and social
development, education, housing and more. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
laws will be harmonized with existing federal and provincial laws and
exercised within the Canadian constitutional framework.
Once this agreement with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is brought into
effect, the Government of Canada will have concluded 20 comprehensive self-government agreements with 34 Aboriginal communities. Promoting good governance
and strong accountability in First Nation communities can help improve
living conditions and foster a positive climate for investment and
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Fact Sheet: Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Self-Government Agreement
This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Chief Vincent Tacan
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
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