Sagkeeng rejects deal
SAGKEENG First Nation voted this weekend to reject a $200-million settlement over damage related to dams on the Winnipeg River.
Manitoba Hydro included the compensation as part of larger deal that would have transferred ownership of 77 hectares rich in archeological history to the First Nation.
Sagkeeng, located 145 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, holds traditional land claims to territory in the Winnipeg River watershed.
The deal updated an earlier accord with Manitoba Hydro that expired in 2006 and would have extended and expanded on the earlier accord. It was set to expire in 2046.
Sagkeeng First Nation is expected to make a public statement today.
Out of the community of 7,500, some 385 residents cast the ballots that killed the tentative accord, the Free Press has learned. Sources said the voters demanded free hydro in return for voting in favour of the deal.
The 1997 accord, which included a $3.2-million settlement, reconciled impacts from the operation of the Pine Falls, Great Falls, McArthur Falls and Seven Sisters dams and generating stations.
The new deal also included compensation for historic impacts caused by the Slave Falls and Pointe du Bois generating stations that were acquired by Manitoba Hydro in 2002 and not included in the 1997 accord, as well as the future impacts of all six generating stations and dams.
Several vehicles damaged
MORE than a dozen vehicles were vandalized in Notre Dame de Lourdes overnight on Saturday.
Treherne RCMP said 14 vehicles had their tires slashed, paint scratched, and bodies dented.
RCMP said one vehicle was broken into and items inside were stolen.
RCMP are asking anyone with information to call either Treherne RCMP at 204-723-2024, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.manitobacrimestoppers.com or text "TIPMAN" plus a message to CRIMES (274637).
Notre Dame de Lourdes is 100 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.
Man stable after shooting
A man is in hospital after being shot early Sunday.
Winnipeg police spokesman Eric Hofley said a 21-year-old man was rushed to hospital in unstable condition after being shot in the lower body. He was later upgraded to stable.
Police said they believe the wounded man was looking to buy drugs.
Hofley said the man was in the area of McGregor Street and Mountain Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., when he was confronted by two men he didn't know. Hofley said the man was shot by one of the men.
Police continue to investigate.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact investigators at 204-986-6219 or Crime Stoppers at 204-786-TIPS (8477).