Mr. Speaker, I stand today to congratulate Swan Lake First Nation located in my riding of Portage—Lisgar.
Earlier this week, Swan Lake won the gold award in the municipal services category, beating municipalities from across Canada. These awards are distributed by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Deloitte. This award recognizes the community's initiative and success in overcoming significant levels of debt to become one of Manitoba's most successful first nations and one of Canada's most economically dynamic aboriginal communities.
In addition to getting out of its debt, it has renovated nearly every house and the band has helped to build a new health centre, band office and school. The band is currently working on building a wind farm on the reserve.
The success of Swan Lake demonstrates what can happen when first nations engage in strong leadership, accountable governance and responsible financial management.
I sincerely congratulate the Swan Lake First Nation.