Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Canada and Manitoba sign Framework Agreement on Reconciliation

News release

September 22, 2018 — Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, MB — Government of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Indigenous and Northern Relations
The governments of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Canada and Manitoba are working together to advance reconciliation of outstanding issues for the benefit of the citizens of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and all Canadians.
The parties have achieved a significant milestone toward this goal today with the signing of a historic Framework Agreement on Reconciliation. The Framework Agreement sets the stage for dialogue between Sioux Valley, Manitoba and Canada to co-develop a mandate to negotiate an enduring and meaningful reconciliation.
The Framework discussions will outline the outstanding issues and priorities which will establish a path toward an all-party agreement of reconciliation between the three governments.
As Sioux Valley is the only self-governing Indigenous Nation in the Prairies, the Framework Agreement is yet another major achievement of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and further complements its ongoing implementation on Governance Agreement (2014) arrangements with Canada and Manitoba.


"Today marks a significant achievement for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Canada and Manitoba who have come together to recognize our historic relationship of peace, friendship, economic and military alliance.  I look forward to continuing the important work of reconciling any outstanding issues as we strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship for the benefit of our citizens.  With the signing of this Framework Agreement and pursuing our economic and social development initiatives, we are well on our way towards a brighter future."
Chief Vincent Tacan
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

"I am honoured to sign this historic agreement, which provides a framework for moving forward together with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and Manitoba in a true spirit of partnership and reconciliation. This is a key step to further strengthen our nation-to-nation relationship and support Sioux Valley Dakota Nation as they implement their vision of self-determination for the benefit of their citizens and community."
The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

"The Government of Manitoba is committed to advancing reconciliation by building respectful and productive partnerships with Indigenous communities. This framework agreement acknowledges Manitoba's commitment to working together with Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and the Government of Canada in advancing our nation-to-nation relationship. Today marks a historic day for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and in full partnership along the path towards reconciliation."
The Honourable Eileen Clarke,
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Relations

Quick facts

  • The Framework Agreement outlines the process by which dialogue will continue between the three governments.

  • The goal is to find the common ground for reaching an agreement of reconciliation that builds upon the recognition of the distinct historical relationship between Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and the Crown.

  • Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is the first self-governing First Nation in the prairies by way of a Governance Agreement (2014) with authority in more than 50 jurisdictional areas.

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James Fitz-Morris                                             
Director of Communications and Issues Management                                  
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations
Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations
Chief Vincent Tacan
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Cell: (306) 512-0845
Caitlin MacGregor
Press Secretary

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