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Swan Lake First Nation: a Manitoba success story

Swan Lake First Nation is a Manitoba success story, and it's largely thanks to VLTs.

The band, located in the rolling hills just south of Portage la Prairie, paid off its whopping debt, renovated nearly every house in town and is now working on a wind farm.

The sun sets in the south western sky just behind the Swan Lake sign, which is symbolic of the many positive changes happening on this reserve.

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The sun sets in the south western sky just behind the Swan Lake sign, which is symbolic of the many positive changes happening on this reserve. Photo Store

It all started with some fiscal discipline and a little cash from the trifecta of First Nations economic development - VLTs, smoke shops and gas bars.

Swan Lake's success is at happy odds with the prevailing view of reserves as poverty-stricken places with no jobs, devastating social problems and little hope.

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Read all about Swan Lake as well as Fisher River First Nation's model
education program in Saturday's Free Press.

 

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