NAN Congratulates Slate Falls Nation for Receiving Reserve Status
February 12, 2019
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler, on behalf of the NAN ExecutiveCouncil,congratulatesSlate Falls Nation Chief Lorraine Craneand Council for receivinglong-awaited reserve statusfor the remote Ojibway community.
“Weare pleased to congratulate ChiefCraneand her Councilfor their determination to reclaim their homeover nearlythree decades of advocacy and negotiations. This is a historic achievement that all community members canbe proud of,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “Achieving reserve statustook a tremendous amount of work by community leaders,representativesof many other organizations and various levels of government. We acknowledge the efforts and persistence of everyone who assisted. This is a major accomplishment and a milestone for the people of Slate Falls.”
Slate Falls Nation was one of six new First Nations established under the Six Nishnawbe Aski Bands Agreement nearly30years ago. The Nation was recognized on April 15, 1985 as the Slate Falls Band #259 under the Indian Act.
Slate Falls Nation received an Order-in-Council on December 14, 2018, that sets aside lands to Slate Falls Nation to finally achieve reserve status. A community celebration will be held today.
Achieving band and reserve status will allow Slate Falls Nation to develop much-needed infrastructureand economic opportunities that will help create employmentand provide a better quality of life for members.
The community celebrated the opening of a newwater treatment plant in March 2018, part of a$11. 6 million-dollar project to provide safe drinking water and firefighting infrastructure such as water pumps and hydrants.
Slate Falls Nation is located approximately 125kilometers north of Sioux Lookout.
For more information please contact: Tamara Piche, Communications Officer –(807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549or by email tpiche@nan. on. ca