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MB Government: Province Reignites Talks with First Nations on Ownership of Northern Airports

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ans and Canadians enjoy, and must be maintained to ensure these communities are not left behind, the minister noted.  Local ownership of community airports also provides significant economic opportunities and benefits that will help strengthen northern Manitoba, she added.

“This is a step that shows Manitoba is respecting the spirit and intent of the treaties,” said Grand Chief Arlen Dumas.  “We have much work to do, but these discussions are a good step toward acknowledging and supporting our rights as First Nations people.”

The minister noted discussions related to establishing a First Nations-led Northern Airport Authority have been ongoing, but following the recent successful and mutually beneficial transfer of the Grace Lake Airport to Missinippi Airways, the scope of discussions have now been officially expanded.  A dedicated project team has been assigned, and the province will continue to provide support throughout these discussions.

“The Manitoba government will continue to support the establishment of Indigenous-led partnerships and ventures that will increase Indigenous participation and economic benefits to Indigenous communities, and to Manitoba’s economy as whole,” said Clarke.

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For more information:

  • Public information, contact Manitoba Government Inquiry: 1-866-626-4862 or 204-945-3744.
  • Media requests for general information, contact Communications Services Manitoba: 204-945-3765.
  • Media requests for ministerial comment, contact Communications and Stakeholder Relations: 204-945-4916.


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