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SCO Celebrates I Love to Read Month

February 1, 2023

ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is celebrating the gift of storytelling in a month-long celebration of all things reading.

“I Love to Read Month is a wonderful opportunity to share our stories and to make impactful human connections,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “When we do that, we learn more about what unites us. This makes the world we share a better place.”

February marks I Love to Read Month. It is an entire month dedicated to promoting a love of reading. This year’s theme is “Stories Connect Us.”

“There are so many health and social benefits to reading. I encourage everyone to find something they enjoy to read; whether it is a newspaper, magazine, book, or a graphic novel or comics. I especially encourage parents and caregivers to read to their children. Instilling a love of reading from an early age helps our children and youth to dream big,” added Grand Chief Daniels. “Reading is a portal to new worlds and possibilities for all our citizens. It also offers the chance for increased bonding for families, especially when it comes to reading to one another.”

As part of I Love to Read Month, SCO will be sharing book reviews, reading suggestions, and a storytelling contest throughout the month of February. SCO will highlight and celebrate a growing number of First Nations authors publishing in all genres, including some from our SCO Nations. For those who are seeking recommendations on books by First Nations authors, SCO has a webpage sharing resources here.

SCO members of any age are invited to take part in a storytelling contest to win a variety of prizes, including gift cards and books. SCO members are invited to send us a short story, article, or poem up to a maximum of 500 words.

SCO invites writing entries that reflect on the theme of “What I love about my First Nation.” SCO members who would like to enter this contest will be eligible to win gift cards and books. Send your story, poem, or article to by February 22, 2023, for your chance to win. One entry per person please. Selected entries will be shared on our website and social media.

“Being proud of who we are as First Nations people is essential to our health and well-being. Sharing positive stories about our Nations helps to build pride and encourages our children and grandchildren to reach for the stars,” concluded Grand Chief Daniels. “I encourage everyone to embrace the joy of storytelling and reading in February and throughout the year.”


The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 83,000 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

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WAG-Qaumajuq Welcomes Marie-Anne Redhead to Curatorial Team

Feb 1, 2023

Winnipeg, Manitoba: The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq welcomes Marie-Anne Redhead as Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art! Redhead will begin her new role February 1, 2023.

Redhead brings a fresh mindset and collaborative energy to the position, with broad experience in the arts sector in Winnipeg, including arts programming and workshop facilitation in addition to curatorial projects at Gallery 1C03 and windowwinnipeg. WAG-Qaumajuq has already benefitted from her research and knowledge through the award-winning Artworks Renaming Initiative, which saw artworks with racist and offensive names renamed by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers.

Redhead hopes to continue moving forward with projects that welcome Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and wisdom into the Gallery, as well as undertaking new curatorial projects that explore themes of Indigenous futurisms, resurgence, and joy.

Quick Facts:

  • WAG-Qaumajuq is very excited to announce that Marie-Anne Redhead will be joining our team as Assistant Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art beginning February 1, 2023.
  • Redhead is descended from the Ininiwak – mahkêsiw sâkahikan (Fox Lake, Treaty 5) and from Francophone settlers, and has lived on Treaty 1 for most of her life.
  • In 2021, Redhead obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English from the University of Winnipeg. Her personal creative practices include writing (non-fiction & poetry) and beading.
  • Redhead began working for WAG-Qaumajuq in June, 2021, on the Artworks Renaming Initiative, where she facilitated the renaming of artworks with offensive or otherwise culturally insensitive titles by Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers; she then joined the WAG-Qaumajuq Advancement team in early 2022.
  • WAG-Qaumajuq established the Curator of Indigenous and Contemporary Art position in 2017, making it one of the first full-time permanent Indigenous curatorial positions in Canada.


“I’m thrilled that Marie-Anne Redhead will be joining our curatorial team. Her work has already been instrumental in our efforts towards decolonization, especially her excellent work on the Artworks Renaming Initiative. As a curator, I look forward to seeing the impact of her vision on WAG-Qaumajuq exhibitions and other initiatives throughout our community.”

— Dr. Stephen Borys, Director & CEO, WAG-Qaumajuq

“It is always exciting to welcome a new member to the curatorial team. Marie-Anne will be bringing new perspectives, new ideas, and a thoughtful approach to the work we do. I am really looking forward to working with her – WAG-Qaumajuq is lucky to have her!

— Riva Symko, Head of Collections & Exhibitions and Curator of Canadian Art, WAG-Qaumajuq

“Working at WAG-Qaumajuq has been a rewarding experience, and I’m excited to contribute to all of the inspiring work happening through Indigenous Initiatives in a curatorial role. I’m looking forward to working with the Collections and Exhibitions department to highlight and centre Indigenous artwork at WAG-Qaumajuq, and collaborating with community to uplift Indigenous artists.”

— Marie-Anne Redhead, Assistant Curator of Indigenous Art, WAG-Qaumajuq

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UCN Chancellor Awarded Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal

(Winnipeg, MB) – University College of the North’s (UCN) Chancellor, Edwin Jebb, was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal.

The Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal celebrates the 70th anniversary year of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne and was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Anita Neville and Premier Heather Stefanson.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal (Manitoba) program honours significant contributions and achievements throughout Manitoba, with a strong focus on community-mindedness, service, and reconciliation.

University College of the North provides learning opportunities to northern communities while respecting diverse Indigenous and northern values.


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Self-defence program aims to build confidence in Indigenous women – CBC

Feb 01, 2023

‘It is very important for us to protect ourselves in a good way’

A free program at the University of Winnipeg is offering self-defence classes to Indigenous women as a way to build confidence and personal safety.

Tina Robinson from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation is three classes into her training.

“My goal is to make sure I’m safe and confident when I’m out and about alone,” she said.

“Personally as an Indigenous woman in this day and age with all of the violence that we experience, I feel that it is very important for us to protect ourselves in a good way.”

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Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin believes industry now understands that Indigenous voices matter – APTN News

Jan 31, 2023

When Cree filmmaker Jules Koostachin was pitching her first feature-length film, she was getting so used to being rejected and hearing “No” that she thinks she may have fallen out of her chair when she finally hear the word “Yes.”

Koostachin knew in her heart that Broken Angel, a film she has been working on since 2006, was an important story that people needed to see.

The film, about a Cree woman and her daughter fleeing gender-based abuse, is an issue Koostachin knows firsthand from working at a women’s shelter.

“Working in the shelter system since 2006, I’ve seen everything and I know the reality of systemic racism and discrimination and violence against Indigenous women, I was living it,” says Koostachin on the latest episode of Face to Face.

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AMC FNHSSM Cautiously Optimistic of Apology for Racism in Medical Practice

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – On the first day of the Special Chiefs Assembly on Health Legislation hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) in partnership with the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM), the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (CPSM) issued an apology regarding Indigenous-Specific Racism in Medical Practice as part of its priority to address the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

“The apology statement is an acknowledgement of racism and discrimination in the health care system; we recognize the CPSM for being here today in person and in front of leadership, with a commitment to address this long-standing issue. We think of the many First Nations patients who have experienced racism and discrimination in medical practice, some of who lost their lives in the health care system and know that we have to collectively address this on many levels. It is incumbent on all of us to improve the treatment and care for First Nations people.  We are First Nations people of this country, and we need to make it better for our people.  We need to act now so that they are no longer treated the way that they have been treated.  I walk away with cautious optimism until I hear and feel from our people the changes you promise here today,” said AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick.

The CPSM, which is a medical regulatory body, noted that they are doing work at the College through the creation of an Advisory Circle that will advise the CPSM on an approach to Truth and Reconciliation.  They initiated this work in 2021 because they recognized the work needed to address the harm being done to First Nations people.  This formal apology is only a beginning to address those barriers of systemic racism in health care that affect patient safety.

“This public statement is an acknowledgement and apology of historical and current racism and discrimination on First Nations people in medical practice and health systems. The First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) board of directors met with the CPSM, and we believe this is a good first step in addressing the racism our citizens face when accessing the most basic of medical services.  As we all know, our people have experienced racism and discrimination in all health systems that has impacted their health and access to health. We are committed to working in partnership with the CPSM to improve the treatment of and health outcomes for our people and communities,” said Black River Chief Sheldon Kent, Chair of the FNHSSM.

Moving forward, the AMC and FNHSSM commit to further communication and will work on actionable items with the CPSM to address racism in medical practice.


Read the Statement and Apology on Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous-specific Racism in Medical Practice here.

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Renata Meconse, Director of Communications
First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.


Statement and Apology on Truth and Reconciliation and Indigenous-Specific Racism In Medical Practice

January 31, 2023

This apology was delivered in person at the Special Chiefs Assembly on Health Legislation hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs on Treaty One Territory by Dr. Anna Ziomek, CPSM Registrar/CEO, Dr. Jacobi Elliott, CPSM Council President, and Dr. Ira Ripstein, Council Past President. Dr. Lisa Monkman, Chair of the CPSM Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Circle delivered opening remarks.


  • CPSM’s failure to regulate the medical profession’s current and past racist treatment of Indigenous peoples is a tragic part of CPSM’s 150-year history.
  • This is an acknowledgment that Indigenous racism continues to exist in the medical profession resulting in great harm to Indigenous people.  CPSM recognizes an apology is only the beginning of the important work towards establishing truth and reconciliation between the regulator of the medical profession and Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.
  • Racism by medical professionals, like many social determinants of health, has a negative impact on health outcomes.  CPSM can address this aspect of Indigenous-specific racism by regulating the professional conduct of those practicing medicine.
  • We recognize that we need to listen to understand and learn from both Indigenous peoples and Indigenous physicians to inform our work to ensure Indigenous peoples feel valued and receive safe care.


Racism is the belief that a group of people are inferior based on the colour of their skin or due to the inferiority of their culture or spirituality.  It leads to discrimination behaviours and policies that oppress, ignore or treat racialized groups as “less than” non-racialized groups.

Indigenous-specific racism refers to the unique nature of stereotyping, bias and prejudice about Indigenous peoples in Canada that is rooted in the history of settler colonialism. It is the ongoing race-based discrimination, negative stereotyping and injustice experienced by Indigenous peoples that perpetuates power imbalances, systemic discrimination and inequitable outcomes stemming from colonial policies and practices.

(Taken from In-Plain Sight Report: Addressing Indigenous-Specific Racism and Discrimination in BC Health Care)


  • CPSM recognizes the collective role of the medical profession in providing medical care to Indigenous peoples which is impacted by systemic colonial values, individual biases, and racist attitudes.  These continue to result in poor medical outcomes including the suffering and deaths of a disproportionate number of Indigenous patients.
  • CPSM recognizes its failure to effectively regulate the medical profession to prevent racist and substandard medical care to Indigenous peoples.
  • CPSM recognizes the historical failures of the medical profession to address the racist and consequently substandard medical care provided.  A few examples include:
  • Racially segregated and substandard hospitals for Indigenous patients;
  • Residential schools in which physicians provided care and knew or ought to have known of the Indigenous children’s physical, mental, and sexual abuses including many criminal acts that occurred there against children;
  • Providing substandard care for Indigenous patients during tuberculosis outbreaks and in racially segregated TB sanitoriums for Indigenous persons;
  • Failing to obtain consent for treatment, including forced or uninformed sterilization of Indigenous women;
  • Conducting unethical nutrition experiments depriving Indigenous children of food.
  • CPSM recognizes current examples of Indigenous-specific racism in treating Indigenous peoples which leads to substandard care including, but not limited to:
  • Failing to recognize traditional Indigenous healthcare practices alongside Western medicine;
  • Accepting or advancing stereotypical perceptions of alcohol and illicit drug consumption or socioeconomic status;
  • Inadequate treatment of pain;
  • Failing to demonstrate interest, respect, and humility to understand the context of patients’ Indigenous teachings, communications, lived experiences, and  circumstances.
  • Failing to adapt medical treatment plans to the reality of the person’s social circumstance. For example, advising care while knowing there may be a lack of access to that care in the community;
  • Committing outright acts of racism, including derogatory comments to Indigenous persons.


  • CPSM apologizes for its historical and current failure to regulate the medical profession in the public interest by failing to adequately address Indigenous-specific racism by medical practitioners, whether in their clinical practice or administrative roles.
  • CPSM’s responsibility extends to the racist actions and inactions of physicians, residents, medical students, clinical assistants, and physician assistants against Indigenous persons.  We accept this responsibility, and we apologize.
  • CPSM apologizes to First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, families, and Elders for the racism that has occurred in their medical care, whether it was in the care they received, or should have received but did not.  We apologize for the intergenerational trauma, suffering, poor health outcomes, and death that this has caused.


  • CPSM pledges to take action against Indigenous-specific racism and to support and guide Manitoba physicians, residents, students, clinical assistants, and physician assistants to recognize and call out acts of racism against Indigenous persons and medical practitioners.
  • CPSM will take this journey, knowing that it is difficult but necessary and fully aware that it takes more than a pledge to end racism. Recognizing racism in ourselves will neither be comfortable nor easy.  We will ask and intend to be guided by Indigenous physicians, scholars, Elders, and knowledge keepers along with the legal and ethical requirements to provide respect, dignity, and equitable health care for Indigenous persons in Manitoba.  We will also be guided by the virtues exemplified by the ethical physician – compassion, honesty, humility, integrity, and prudence – as required by the Code of Ethics and Professionalism.

As the regulator of the medical profession CPSM will:

  • Create an appropriate land acknowledgment for CPSM;
  • Develop a Standard of Practice – Practicing Medicine to Prevent Indigenous Racism;
  • Ensure CPSM councillors, committee members, and staff are trained in Indigenous anti-racism, unconscious bias, and where appropriate, trauma-informed care; this starts with self-reflection of the power and privilege many non-Indigenous people have;
  • Broaden Indigenous participation on Council and Committees and staff;
  • Require all registrants to participate in Indigenous cultural safety and anti-racism training;
  • Develop ways for Indigenous patients to better access and participate in the complaints and investigation process, including emphasis on restorative justice;
  • Provide mentorship/leadership at CPSM with an open culture to support Indigenous medical practitioners.
  • CPSM understands that the receipt of this apology may invoke various responses from Indigenous persons including doubt, apprehension, and acceptance.
  • The work starts now.


AMC Special Chief’s Assembly Holds Honouring and Headdress Ceremony for Women in Leadership in Historical Special Assembly

January 31st, 2023

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) held an honouring ceremony during today’s Special Chiefs Assembly for First Nations health experts who lead the COVID-19 response in First Nations in Manitoba.

The Manitoba First Nations Pandemic Response Coordination Team – a partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), and the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba (FNHSSM) – with coordination by the University of Manitoba’s Ongomiizin – Health Services – worked tirelessly for two years to respond to the pandemic.

The ceremony honoured the following:

  • Marcia Anderson, Vice-Dean, Indigenous Health, Social Justice and Anti-Racism and the Executive Director of Ongomiizwin Institute of Health and Healing, for her extensive work in the area of First Nations health and wellness;
  • Melanie Mackinnon, Head of Ongomiizwin Institute of Health and Healing, for her advocacy and leadership for First Nations health and wellness in Manitoba;
  • Melody Muswaggon, Health Innovations Lead, Ongomiizwin Institute of Health and Healing, for her work in helping to roll out vaccines for First Nations in Manitoba;
  • Ardell Cochrane, Executive Director, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba, honoured for her work in isolation planning; and
  • Leona Star-Manoakeesik, First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba honoured for her work in data collection that allowed First Nations to create a First Nations-led response.

Unfortunately, others could not attend today’s ceremony, such as Dr. Barry Lavallee, CEO of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin, Inc. Still, we honour his commitment to the health and well-being of our Nations.

Following the honouring ceremony, Elder David Blacksmith conducted a special Headdress Ceremony to honour the newly elected AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick and Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse of the Assembly of First Nations – Manitoba Region.

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.


Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Congratulates Newly Announced Ministers into Cabinet

January 30th, 2023

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) congratulates the newly appointed ministers in a cabinet shuffle announced by Premier Heather Stefanson today at the Manitoba Legislative Building.

Today, for the first time in Manitoba’s history as a province, the newly appointed ministers were sworn in by all women government representatives; Premier Heather Stefanson, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, Anita Neville, and Clerk of the Executive Council & Cabinet Secretary, Katheryn Gerrard.

“Congratulations to the newly appointed ministers who were sworn into office this morning,” said Grand Chief Cathy Merrick.

James Teitsma (MLA, Radisson) becomes minister of the reframed Department of Consumer Protection and Government Services;

Janice Morley-Lecomte (MLA, Seine River) joins the cabinet as minister of mental health and community wellness;

Kevin Klein (MLA, Kirkfield Park) will serve as minister of the Department of Environment and Climate Change and;

Obby Khan (MLA, Fort Whyte) becomes minister of sport, culture and heritage,

In closing, Grand Chief Merrick stated, “We look forward to a productive partnership that is beneficial to First Nations citizens. Given that some of these ministers are newly elected, we invite you to meet with First Nations leadership as soon as possible to gain insight into their respective priorities. We wish the new cabinet well in the important work they will continue to do for this Province and its citizens.”

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 151,000 First Nation citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anishininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) people.


Ducks Unlimited Canada welcomes Michael Nadler as chief executive officer

January 31, 2023 – Oak Hammock Marsh, Man. – Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michael Nadler will become the organization’s new CEO. Following an extensive nationwide search for a visionary leader, Nadler’s appointment comes as DUC embarks on a milestone year within its distinguished 85-year history.

“Joining an organization with DUC’s reputation and pedigree is a true honour,” says Nadler. “This team is truly shaping the future of conservation and I’m humbled to be part of the natural legacy DUC is continuing to build across the country.”

Throughout his life and career, Nadler has demonstrated tremendous passion, commitment and leadership in conservation. His new role at DUC leverages his abilities to build strong partnerships that engage and empower others to achieve positive outcomes for the environment, the economy and communities.

Nadler possesses 20 years of executive experience, including over seven years in key senior leadership roles in one of Canada’s largest national conservation organizations: Parks Canada. Included among his many achievements are contributing to the establishment of two new conservation areas at Tallurutiup Imanga (which will be Canada’s largest protected area in Lancaster Sound in Nunavut) and Thaidene Nëné on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories, initiatives made possible by close collaboration and partnership among Indigenous Peoples, government, and nature conservation organizations.

In his most recent role as Parks Canada’s vice president of external relations and visitor experience, he led highly successful initiatives that advanced inclusion and the participation of youth, Indigenous Peoples, and business as well as international partners in the enjoyment and conservation of nature. His impressive resume, coupled with his deep and personal connections to DUC’s mission as a lifelong outdoorsperson, made him the ideal candidate.

“We are proud and grateful to have someone of Michael’s ability and character lead our team,” says Roger d’Eschambault, president of DUC. “As the country faces unprecedented environmental challenges, the need for bold, science-based action has never been greater. We are confident that Michael will guide us towards an exciting future that delivers innovative conservation solutions at scale. Michael is steady and strategic, while also being an inspiring changemaker. He embodies the best qualities of DUC’s brand and culture, and we are excited for him to get started.”

Nadler’s appointment is effective on February 14, 2023. He takes over the position from Brian Gray who has been serving as the organization’s interim CEO since July 2022.

As CEO, Nadler joins a talented, skilled and passionate team that spans the country. He will be responsible for overseeing DUC’s staff of 400 employees and fostering strong relationships with thousands of DUC volunteers and supporters.

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