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It's the first in Manitoba, only the 3rd in Canada
It's a historic day for Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation.
The First Nation, located west of Brandon, will be the first in Manitoba to attain self-governance. It's only the third First Nations community in the country to achieve the distinction.
Bruce Slusar, the lawyer for Sioux Valley, has been leading the negotiations. He said it's been 20 years in the making.
"The importance of these agreements are a recognition by Canada and the province of Manitoba for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to have jurisdication or power and authority to make laws," he said.
Slusar said self-governance will free the First Nation from being under the jurisdiction of the Indian Act.
"That legislation (the Indian Act) has not proven successful in terms of assisting First Nations, so this is an opportunity for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to have the opportunity to make laws and control their own destiny."
The agreement, between Canada, Manitoba and Sioux Valley Dakota Nation will be made official at a ceremony Friday afternoon, followed by a weekend long powwow.