Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Self-Government Agreement

« Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is excited about the opportunities now available to the passage of our self-management agreement in the Canadian Parliament, » 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 to participate and enjoy the benefits of planning our own course, passing important laws for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and providing for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to self-manage. We also look forward to continued positive relations with both the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba.┬áThe First Nation, located west of Brandon, is the third First Nations community in Canada to secure a self-management agreement after two decades of negotiations with the federal and provincial governments. As soon as this self-management agreement comes into effect, it will give the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation greater control over decisions about its parishioners. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation will have legislative powers in more than 50 thematic areas, of which Chief Vincent Tacan said the agreement « will not only benefit Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, but will also create new opportunities for other First Nations in Canada who wish to enter into and develop their own agreements. » According to the government, the agreement creates a governance regime that is more transparent, accountable and responsive to community needs and instructions. With the agreement, « the First Nation is returning to what we were before. to take care of ourselves [and] our own priorities, » Tacan said. Upon the coming into force of this agreement with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, the Canadian government will have concluded 20 comprehensive self-management agreements with 34 Aboriginal communities. Promoting good governance and strong accountability in First Nation communities can help improve living conditions and promote a positive climate for investment and economic development. In a press release, Valcourt said the agreement would « free the First Nation from the grip of a significant portion of Indian law and give them greater control over their own affairs. This self-management agreement will give Sioux Valley Dakota Nation the authority to pass laws that affect its community in more than 50 thematic areas. These include governance, economic and social development, education, housing and more. The laws of the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation are harmonized with existing federal and provincial laws and are exercised within the Canadian constitutional framework.

Implementation of the agreement also requires provincial legislation. Sioux Valley Chief Vince Tacan and other officials signed the arrangement at a ceremony Friday afternoon. OTTAWA — Parliament has passed legislation on the first self-management agreement for an Aboriginal group in the preulets. « The importance of these agreements is a recognition by Canada and the Province of Manitoba for the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to have jurisdiction or power and authority to legislate, » he said. . . .