Welcome to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
The Sioux Valley Dakota Nation Governance Website is a key communication tool for all Sioux Valley Dakota Nation (SVDN) citizens wherever they reside. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation strives to provide information in a clear and transparent manner, and to reflect accountability to its citizenship.
SVDN, formerly called the Oak River Reserve, is located on the banks of the Assiniboine River in Southwestern Manitoba. The Oak River Reserve was created by an Order in Council of the Government of Canada in 1876. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is the largest Dakota Nation in Canada with a membership of approximately 2500. SVDN is not a signatory to a Treaty.
On July 1, 2014, SVDN achieved the status of self-government with recognized jurisdiction by both Canada and Manitoba in over 50 areas, creating a true Nation-to-Nation and Government-to-Government relationship between SVDN, Canada, and Manitoba. The self-government negotiation process took over 20 years to achieve. SVDN continues to lead and progress by becoming the only self-governing Dakota Nation in Canada recognized by both the Federal and Provincial governments, and the only self-governing First Nation in the Prairie Provinces. By continuing with the relationship development with Canada and Manitoba during the negotiation process, Sioux Valley continues to open new doors.
SVDN is abundant in its culture, language and traditions. The ability to continue with the traditional values of the Oceti Sakowin will only bring good things for the community through the spirit of sharing and helping each other now and for generations to come.