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SIX Manitoba First Nations want to know if the city will consider selling a gravel surface parking lot next to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

The Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba, which represents 21 Manitoba First Nations, said six of their member bands are interested in purchasing Parcel Four. Executive director Chris Henderson said the bands have received land-acquisition payments to help them buy private lands because of the lack of available Crown land near their First Nations.

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While the idea is in its preliminary stages, Henderson said the First Nations envision developing the land in a way that reflects the history of trade, commerce and gathering at The Forks. He said the bands think a major conference centre, gathering centre or public green space dedicated to the reconciliation between aboriginals and non-aboriginals would go "hand in hand" with the area and the museum's human rights mandate.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 13, 2013 B1

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