The Mathias Colomb Cree Nation says it has made an offer to purchase the Port of Churchill and the Hudson Bay rail line from OmniTrax Canada.
Chief Arlen Dumas says they are inviting other northern First Nations to join a consortium that would own the port and rail line, which are being sold by the Denver-based company.
The northern Manitoba First Nation issued a media release today and calls its bid a “historic deal that will provide substantial benefits to First Nations and Manitobans alike.”
“It is a pleasure working with Chief Dumas and his council. Their leadership, consideration and thoughtfulness have allowed us to support this opportunity for Mathias Colomb and partner northern First Nations who decide to join the consortium. He has taken bold steps to prove his commitment to the transaction and we are eager to see it come to fruition in the coming months,” said Merv Tweed, President of OmniTRAX Canada.
Last month OmniTrax said they had received an offer from a Manitoba First Nation, but did not say which one.
The company has been looking for a buyer because the Port of Churchill hasn’t been generating the shipping profits it hoped.