Treaty One First Nations and Winnipeg sign development agreement

The City of Winnipeg and Treaty One First Nations have signed an agreement for municipal development and services, to help transform a former military base in Manitoba into the largest urban reserve in the country. Mark Neufeld reports.

Wednesday marked a historic day in Winnipeg and the path towards reconciliation, as the City and the Treaty One First Nations signed the Gaawijijigemangit Agreement.

The Gaawijijigemangit Agreement is a municipal development and services agreement that will see the redevelopment of the formerly named Kapyong Barracks and City services provided to the proposed urban reserve at the Naawi-Oodena site.

“Today’s signing ceremony is historic,” said Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman in a statement. “The City and Treaty One Nations worked together to create a new partnership that provides national leadership for the social, economic, and cultural prosperity of all peoples for current and future generations. Naawi-Oodena, once developed, will be one of the most complete communities in Winnipeg and will serve as a national model to shape future urban reserve development partnerships across Canada.”

The project is set to become one of the largest multi-uses projects in Winnipeg’s history.

“The signing of the Gaawijijigemangit Agreement is monumental in honouring the legacy of our First Nations’ leaders who worked for nearly two decades to see this historic step forward in realizing the fiscal and economic potential of Naawi-Oodena”, said Chief Gordon BlueSky, Treaty One Nation Chairperson in a statement.

“With the development of these lands, we will see the mutual benefits of jobs, income, and profits to our citizens and businesses. We will see revenues flow to our respective governments that contribute to the City of Winnipeg and our First Nations as services, infrastructure, and programs.”

The project will also help to shape Winnipeg’s urban growth and provide an economic boost to the Treaty One First Nations.

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