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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."

"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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SOURCE Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC)
For further information: James Fitz-Morris, Director of Communications and Issues Management, Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, 819-997-0002; Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada Media Relations, 819-934-2302,; Chief Vincent Tacan, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Cell: (306) 512-0845; Caitlin MacGregor, Press Secretary, 204-945-1494,

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