WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg and Peguis First Nation have entered a Memorandum of Collaboration (MOC) to establish a guiding framework to work collaboratively to develop, deliver, and assist in the implementation of a Land Acquisition Strategy.
In 2007, the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, and Peguis First Nation settled the First Nation’s Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Specific Claim that includes $64 million in financial compensation to resolve the claim. The TLE settlement also includes 111,756 acres of private land to purchase on a ‘willing seller willing buyer’ basis. This MOC will assist Peguis in progressively creating a sustainable strategy to ensure this claim benefits the Peguis community and will continue to assist the Peguis Nation in the future, financially and economically, to build a stronger Nation and community.
“The TLE claim is one that was a long time coming and with this settlement we hope to benefit our community now and for generations to come,” said Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson. “This partnership will create a unique and progressive approach for purchasing land for TLE purposes that will take into consideration a number of key principles to create a sustainable plan to reach the goals of our TLE settlement.”