New reserve land will support economic growth for the community
SIOUX VALLEY DAKOTA NATION, MB, Sept. 24, 2018 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada is proud to work in collaboration with partners to support economic development opportunities and growth in First Nation communities.
During a recent visit to the community the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, congratulated Sioux Valley Dakota Nation on its latest addition to reserve.
The First Nation has added 79 acres of land to its reserve in the Rural Municipality of Sifton, Manitoba, located approximately 40 kilometers from the City of Brandon. The land is currently home to a gas bar and convenience store, with future plans for continued growth and development which include a restaurant, hotel, commercial space, and an outdoor stage.
"It is wonderful to see Sioux Valley Dakota Nation use new reserve land to spur economic growth for their community. Building a new relationship with First Nations includes working with communities like Sioux Valley so they can lead the way in making the most of economic opportunities."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
"I wish the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation great success in their continued development of this newly added land as they pursue plans for further growth and development that will benefit their community and the local economy."
The Honourable Jane Philpott, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Indigenous Services
"The Government of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is pleased to have achieved this precedent setting historic milestone of creating the first addition to its reserve lands on the Trans Canada Highway. These lands are dedicated to further economic development which promises to benefit both Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and the Westman Region of Manitoba, and we are appreciative of the support and good relations that we have established with our regional, provincial and federal governments which have made this vision a reality."
Chief Vincent Tacan
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
- The 79 acres of land was added to reserve on August 31, 2018, however the transfer was completed when the lands were added to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation's Governance Agreement, and when the amended agreement was signed by the Minister and Chief and Council on September 22, 2018.
- Indigenous Services Canada provided approximately $422,000 in support for architectural drawings and engineering plans, and $1 million of the total cost of $2,950,700 for construction of the gas bar and convenience store.
- This addition to reserve is unique in that Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is the only self-governing First Nation in Manitoba and this is the first time the Nation has added reserve land in Manitoba as a self-governing band.
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Agreement and Tripartite Governance Agreement
ISC Key Priority: Economic Prosperity
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
For further information: Media may contact: James Fitz-Morris, Director of Communications and Issues Management, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, 819-997-0002; Media Relations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160