THOMPSON, MB, May 20, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, today congratulated Nisichawaysihk Cree Nation on the announcement that their Addition to Reserve of land at Mystery Lake Hotel Complex is complete.
The Addition to Reserve will create an urban reserve of 1.702 hectares (4.21 acres) within the City of Thompson, Manitoba. It will also advance economic development opportunities, including employment for First Nation members, allow for greater First Nation autonomy, and demonstrates First Nation and Municipal collaboration through a Municipal Services Agreement.
Adding to reserves is one method in which First Nations and the Government of Canada are working in partnership to build healthier, more sustainable communities through encouraging economic development opportunities.
“Additions to reserve are important opportunities to increase economic development and create jobs within communities. Today’s announcement will allow Nisichiwayasihk Cree Nation to move forward in the creation of an urban reserve at the Mystery Lake Hotel Complex. It also reaffirms the Government of Canada’s commitment to renew the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples in working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis to build healthier, stronger and sustainable communities coast to coast to coast.”
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
"This is a big step on the path towards a better future for our First Nation. Although the process has taken over a decade – much longer than expected – the Additions to Reserve Land means we can make plans for the property and confidently find ways to improve economic development opportunities."
Chief Marcel Moody
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation
- The 1.702 hectares (4.21 acres) of land as reserve is located in the city of Thompson, approximately 760 km from Winnipeg, MB.
- The land is located off the existing reserve lands, but is within Nisichawaysihk Cree Nation's traditional territory and Treaty area.
- The land commonly referred to as the Mystery Lake Hotel Complex, consists of the Mystery Lake Hotel, Trappers Tavern, and two vacant lots.
Additions to Reserve
Urban Reserves: A Quiet Success Story
SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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