WINNIPEG — Treaty One Nation (T1N) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 13 to commemorate the start of construction of the Naawi-Oodena Urban Economic Development Zone on the former Kapyong Barracks lands in Winnipeg.
The parcel spans 7.7 acres and planned developments for Block A include 130,000 square feet of commercial space alongside a 95,000 square foot commercial centre.
“After 20 years of prolonged negotiations and courtroom disputes, initiating the first developments at Naawi-Oodena marks a historic moment not just for the Treaty One Nations, but for Canada as a whole. This Urban Economic Development Zone is a testament to our shared commitments to sustainable growth and economic prosperity for our communities. The Oodena Gas Bar and Block A is only the beginning of what we envision as a vibrant and thriving economic hub for the years to come,” said Treaty One Nation chairperson and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Chief Gordon BlueSky in a statement.
The first structure to be built is the Oodena Gas Bar, a full-service and First Nation-owned gas station located on Taylor Avenue which is expected to be completed and operational by the end of summer 2024, a T1N release stated.
T1N has entered collective partnerships for the design and development of the Oodena Gas Bar site, collaborating with Stantec for architectural plans and ODK Engineering for essential infrastructure designs, the release said. Century Petroleum will also provide infrastructure for the gas bar, including pumps and tanks, while Northern Light Petroleum will supply fuel once operations commence.
“Being the inaugural project to take shape within the Naawi-Oodena Urban Economic Development Zone, this groundbreaking ceremony signifies a glorious milestone for Treaty One and its member communities. Its completion will mark the beginning of a new era of opportunity that will contribute to the socio-economic development for all who live, work, and play in Treaty No. 1 Territory,” Treaty One Development Corporation president and Sagkeeng First Nation Chief EJ Fontaine added.