Swan Lake First Nation’s good management earned the band a top public service award Monday.
The band, located in southern Manitoba, won a gold award at a gala event in Toronto put on by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Deloitte, one of the country’s biggest consulting firms.
Swan Lake beat out Lethbridge, Alta. and London, Ont. in the municipal services category.
The band has spent the last several years digging itself out of a $2.8-million debt and using economic development income from VLTs, smoke shops and gas bars to dramatically improve the reserve. Nearly every house has been renovated and the band has helped to build a new health centre, band office and school. It’s a key player in the province’s newest casino project near Carberry and the band is also planning a small wind farm on the reserve.