The Rural Municipality of Dauphin and Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve have signed a Municipal Development and Services agreement for a parcel of land south of Dauphin.

 A ceremony was held on Wednesday to mark the occasion.

The ceremony included a prayer, a song, and speeches from both Reeve Ron Ryz and Chief Barry McKay.

Blankets and gifts were also given to members of the RM of Dauphin by members of Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve.

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Reeve Ron Ryz was given and wrapped in a star blanket by Chief Barry McKay. 

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Ryz says he was proud to be part of the signing.

“I look forward to further relationships with Chief Barry McKay. This is the first such agreement for us, and I guess speaking for the RM we look forward to working together.”

McKay says that this agreement was talked about for about five or six years, and in the works for two years.

“We’re close to getting it reserve status. Everything’s all done, it’s just up to Indian Affairs in Ottawa to recognize it, accept it, and pass it back to us, telling us it’s reserve status.”

McKay says that the first thing they’re putting on the land is a gas bar.

“And any future development we’ll call the RM to the table, and we’ll call the city of Dauphin because we want our partners to know what we’re going to do, and what we’re going to develop.”

The piece of land is located in the NW ¼ 34-24-19 WPM, near Triangle Mobile Home Park.