March 5, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development announced today that the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Act received Royal Assent in Parliament, setting the stage for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation to build a healthier and more prosperous future for their community. Under the Governance Agreement, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is poised to become the first self-governing First Nation in the prairies and the 34th Aboriginal community in Canada to become self-governing.
Achieved through negotiations, this self-government agreement will provide Sioux Valley Dakota Nation with greater control over its own affairs. The agreement creates a governance regime that is more transparent, accountable and responsive to community needs and direction. This will help promote improved living conditions in the community and foster a positive climate for investment and economic development.
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Chief Vincent Tacan