Committee adds Conditions for Treaty 1 and MMF Indigenous consultation Before Old St. Vital cemetery land sale Can be Approved
A city committee has approved a plan that would ultimately allow it to sell a former cemetery site that has sat unused for decades, with one possible caveat.
The site at Prestwick Drive has remained unused since the city expropriated it in 1977, due to concerns that six bodies remained at the property. But in 2016, the city learned all 67 bodies from the former cemetery had actually been relocated to a new cemetery.
The property — a rectangular parcel about 19,300 square feet in size, or just under a half-acre — is bounded by three parking lots northwest of the intersection of Scurfield Boulevard and Prestwick Drive.
An administrative report to the committee meeting said the property was originally acquired by expropriation in 1977 at a cost of $2,100 from the Parish of St. Vital, part of a land assembly initiative. However, the strip was never sold.
On Monday, council’s property and development committee approved a plan to declare the land surplus in order to finally sell it. But the committee also added in a requirement that the city first notify and consider any feedback from Treaty One First Nations and the Manitoba Metis Federation.
The city previously sent notification letters to the Vital Statistics Agency and Funeral Board of Manitoba.
Council approval would be required to permit the change.
Full article at Winnipeg Sun