Indigenous Government

Indigenous Government has been divided into: 

  • First Nations Bands-Councils
  • Assemblies
  • Coalitions
  • Federations

In this section, organizations that offer supports that may benefit students have been broken into categories.  

Click on the listings of individual organizations and explore which supports they offer. 

For each listing:

  • Click on the (+) symbol for organization  details, contact information and links where available.
  • You will  find links to the services the organization offers.

Assemblies / Federations / Coalitions


Assembly of First Nations

P: 866-869-6789

1600-55 Metcalfe Steet
Ottawa, Ontario Canada
R1P 6L5

The Assembly of First Nations presents the views of various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as Aboriginal and treaty rights, environment, economic development, housing, health, social services, land claims and other issues of common concern which arise from time to time. It also exists to promote the restoration of the nation-to-nation relationship between the 633 First Nations communities in Canada and other nations. The Chiefs of the First Nations have met in assembly at least once annually since 1982 to set national policy and direction through its resolutions. The main spokesperson and leader of the Assembly of First Nations is the National Chief, who is elected every three years by the Chiefs-in-Assembly.


Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

AMC Head Office 137-476 Madison Street
Long Plain Madison Indian Reserve No.1, Manitoba Canada
R3J 1J1

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC represents 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 per cent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho (Cree), Oji-Cree, Dene and Dakota people and traditions.


Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF)

P: 204-586-8474
E: [email protected]

300-150 Henry Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3B 0J7

Métis. The Manitoba Métis Federation, its Leadership, MMF Departments, Affiliates and Regions provide a wide variety of supports to ensure your Métis government will be there for you.

Southern Chiefs Organization SCO

P: 1-866-876-9701
E: [email protected]

Sawn Lake First Nation 200-200 Alpine Way
Headingley, Manitoba Canada
R4H 0B7

For more information, please go to: FOUNDATION OF RECONCILIATION-Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation

First Nations Bands / Councils

Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Member Nations

P: 204-726-5966

345 10th Street
Brandon, Manitoba Canada

The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council consists of Seven Member First Nations: Birdtail Sioux First Nation – Band 284, Dakota Tipi First Nation – Band 295, Long Plain First Nation – Band 287, Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation – Band 273, Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation – Band 283, Swan Lake First Nation – Band 293, and Waywayseecappo First Nation – Band 285.

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council IRTC Member Nations

225 – 300 Alpine Way
Headingley, Manitoba Canada
R4H 0E1

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Inc. (IRTC) consists of a partnership of six (6) Manitoba Interlake communities working together to advance our collective well-being of our members

Island Lake Tribal Council Member Nations

P: 204-982-3300

338 Broadway Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3C 0T2

ILTC is composed of Garden Hill First Nation, Red Sucker Lake First Nation, St. Theresa Point First Nation and Wasagamack First Nation.

Keewatin Tribal Council Member First Nations

P: 800-665-6212

23 Nickel Road
Thompson, Manitoba Canada

The Keewatin Tribal Council represents eleven member reserves located in Northern Manitoba

Kinosawi Sipi – Norway House Cree Nation – Treaty 5 Territory

P: 204-732-2490

Box 250
Norway House, Manitoba Canada
R0B 1B0

NHCN is one of the largest Indigenous communities in Manitoba with a growing population of 7,500 community members and an additional 500 community council members. NHCN has long been recognized as a progressive and vibrant community, boasting a large number of amenities as its serves as a gateway to Northern and Eastern communities of Manitoba.

Neyaashiing – Buffalo Point First Nation – Treaty 3 Territory

P: 204-437-2133

PO Box 1037
Buffalo Point, Manitoba Canada
R0A 2W0

Buffalo Point First Nation is located on the shores of beautiful Lake of the Woods, in the southeastern corner of Manitoba. It is situated right on the Canada and United States international boundary across from Warroad, Minnesota. The Buffalo Point First Nation members live and abide by their own hereditary system of government. In the heart of Buffalo Point community is the unmistakable tipi shape of the Cultural Centre with the traditional thunderbirds gracing the entrance.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation – Nelson House – Treaty 5 Territory

P: 204-484-2332

Box 393, 30 Bay Road
Nelson House, Manitoba Canada
R0B 1A0

Nisichawayasi people have been connected to the land and waters where the Burntwood, Footprint and Rat Rivers converge for over ten thousand years. After the Adhesion to Treaty 5 was signed in 1908, Indian Reserve 170 was created and became the formal homeland of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation – South Indian Lake – Treaty 5 Territory

O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation of South Indian Lake, became an independent First Nation in 2005,
after years of being amalgamated with Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.

Ochekwi Sipi – Fisher River Cree Nation – Treaty 5 Territory

Box 367
Fisher River, Manitoba Canada
R0C 1S0

Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.

Pimicikamak Cree Nation – Cross Lake Band – Treaty 5 Territory

P: 204-646-2218

P.O. Box 10
Cross Lake, Manitoba Canada
R0B 0J0

The Cross Lake Indian Reserve is located approximately 190 air kilometers (118.5 miles) south of Thompson and 520 air kilometers (325 miles) north of Winnipeg along the shore of the Nelson River, where it enters Cross Lake. According to the regional population statistics as of December 31, 2002; the Band has an on-reserve population of 6,047 and an off-reserve population of 2,399. There are individuals of non-aborginal origin, as well as a number of Metis, bringing the total population of Cross Lake to approximately 7,000. The majority of the population is treaty status. Our Native language is CREE.

Southeast Resource Development Council Member Nations

P: 204-956-7500

360 Broadway Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3C 0T6

Over the last few years, some of our First Nations have taken over program delivery in various areas, e.g. Poplar River First Nation has taken over local control of education and run their own school; Berens River First Nation and Poplar River First Nation have taken over delivery of their own Student Services. Both Berens River and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation now deliver their own Training & Employment Programs. First Nations take over delivery of services when they feel it is beneficial to their communities. In other areas, because of economies of scale, the First Nations believe it is in their best interests to have Southeast Resource Development Council Corp. deliver the services. Each First Nation will deliver local services at their own pace and in tune with their level of development.

Swampy Cree Tribal Council Member Nations

P: 204-989-4800

608-294 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3C 0B9

Swampy Cree Tribal Council (SCTC) is comprised of eight First Nations in northwest central Manitoba with a membership of more than 19,000.

West Region Tribal Council Member Nations

The West Region Tribal Council includes Ebb & Flow First Nation, Gamblers First Nation, Keeseekoowenin First Nation, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi Band First Nation, Pine Creek First Nation, Rolling River First Nation, Skownan First Nation, and Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve.

Zaagiing – Sagkeeng Anicinabe – Fort Alexander – Treaty 1 Territory

Box 3
Fort Alexander, Manitoba Canada
R0E 0P0

Sagkeeng is comprised of Anicinabe people who have resided at or near the Fort Alexander Indian Reserve #3 located along the Winnipeg River and Traverse Bay, since time immemorial. Sagkeeng’s traditional territory includes land within Treaty #1 and land north and west of the Winnipeg River. In June 2007 the Sagkeeng Chief and Council filed a Statement of Claim seeking court recognition of unextinguished Aboriginal Title over traditional lands situated outside Treaty #1. In addition to this claim, in September 2010, Sagkeeng submitted a revised Treaty Land Entitlement claim which is currently before the Specific Claims Tribunal.


Manitoba Inuit Association – please see listing under Community Outreach

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