Mr. Doyle Piwniuk, Member of the Manitoba Legislature for Arthur-Virden, recognized Birdtail Sioux First Nation on June 9, 2016 in the Manitoba Legislature for moving forward on initiatives that will create jobs and economic development opportunities for the people of Birdtail Sioux First Nation.
Below is the Hansard-Members’ Statements;
Mr. Doyle Piwniuk (Arthur-Virden): Madam Speaker, I’m proud to rise today to acknowledge the great work being done in–with–by two chiefs in my constituency, Chief Ken Chalmers of Birdtail Sioux First Nation and Chief Vincent Tacan of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
Chief Chalmers has a new business on the horizon in his community. They are converting an old school in Foxwarren into a new business that will not only profit those on the reserve but the surrounding community. The school is located on Highway 16 on 8.8 acres of reserve land. The plan is to convert the–into a gaming centre with bingo, VLTs, a lounge, restaurant, gas bar and office space for businesses.
They have partnered up with the municipality, surrounding churches, chamber of commerce and fire departments. This business is going to help fund many social projects on their reserves such as housing, church services, breakfast and lunch programs, school expansions. They plan to open their project by the end of 2016 with the plans to add a hotel in the future. This will provide jobs for the people on the reserve as well as the people in the surrounding community.
Chief Tacan also has a new project on the go: A Petro-Can is being built on Dakota Nation’s land along the Highway No. 1. The construction started in March and has been going very well, hoping to be completed by August, late August. There has been a gas bar as well as a convenience store. This business will provide jobs for 10 people from their community.
Madam Speaker, I have Chief Chalmers in the gallery today. It is the vision of these two great chiefs that are seeing the positive change. Not only does this benefit First Nations people but in the–great for everyone since this opens up doors for the jobs and economic growth.
In the spirits of the recent truth and reconciliation act, it is ideas like this that brings people and communities together in harmony. I applaud these chiefs on their contribution to our constituency, province and economy.
Thank you, Madam Speaker.