Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is set to become the first aboriginal reserve in the province to achieve self-governance.
The Brandon Sun has learned that federal Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt will give the final approval for self-governance at a ceremony in Sioux Valley on Friday.
The agreement follows more than 20 years of negotiations between Sioux Valley and the federal and provincial governments.
On Oct. 4, 2012, a clear majority of band members — about 64 per cent — voted to approve self-governance agreements between the three levels of government.
At the time, Sioux Valley Chief Vince Tacan told the Sun that the agreement would mean "that we’ll be able to do the things that other people and governments take for granted. We’ll be able to participate fully in things we feel are important to us and that’s jobs, looking after our own health issues and our priorities as we see them.
"And we can start working on those issues without the restrictions of government bureaucrats."
While the exact details of the agreement aren’t yet known, many provisions under the federal Indian Act could be stripped away as the new self-governing band starts the process of creating its own laws without having to seek permission from a federal minister.
Sioux Valley will become the 20th reserve in the country to achieve self-government.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2013