News Release - August 22, 2005
RESERVE EXPANSION MADE POSSIBLE BY FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL LAND EXCHANGE
Lac La Ronge Indian Band's Sucker River Reserve today celebrated expansion of the reserve made possible by an exchange of land between the federal and provincial governments. The land exchange will allow the band to expand its community at the Sucker River Reserve.
The land exchange is unique because land was removed from the provincial parks system in exchange for reserve land. Canada, Saskatchewan and the Lac La Ronge Indian Band agreed to the terms and conditions and signed a tripartite land exchange transfer agreement and on June 14th, 2005 the federal government ratified the agreement.
"The work we have done on this land exchange has furthered our capacity to partner with First Nations and the federal government to address a greener and more prosperous economy for all people in Saskatchewan," Environment Minister David Forbes said. "It demonstrates the Province of Saskatchewan's commitment to recognize Aboriginal peoples' interest in maintaining healthy communities and establishing a higher quality of life right here in their home area."
"I congratulate all of the governments involved – federal, provincial and First Nation - for their hard work in concluding this land exchange," Northern Affairs Minister Buckley Belanger said. "The parties showed a great willingness to negotiate a deal that works to the betterment of northerners. Sucker River now has the ability to grow and, in doing so, is better able to plan and direct its future."
"This agreement truly represents the spirit of partnership that will move this province forward to a brighter future," said the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. "It is also another demonstration of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band's leadership and vision."
"The Lac La Ronge Indian Band is proud to be a part of this unique land exchange initiative. Although the process has been lengthy, we are quite pleased it has come to a conclusion," Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said. Sucker River First Nation is a sub-band of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.
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