Next Steps Taken in Collaborative Leadership Towards Reconciliation

Updated: Nov 5, 2018

'Treaty One Territory, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation - For the last two days, 30 Indigenous and Municipal leaders gathered together for the Collaborative Leadership Initiative to continue the historic process of reconciliation. Brought together through a partnership between the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) and the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region (WMR), Chiefs, Mayors and Reeves from southern and central Manitoba met to continue the process of building relationships and creating the conditions necessary to resolve issues that have been barriers to collaborative action for more than a 150 years.

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels from the SCO, commented,

"We are coming together with open hearts and open minds to learn from one another and to find a common understanding on how we can collaborate to improve the livelihood of our communities and citizens. It is with the goal and commitment that we develop an approach and plan of action on how we can 1nove forward together."

Building on the outcomes and the need for additional information identified at the successful March 2018 gathering, the elected leaders welcomed Canadian experts to provide detail and lead discussions on various foundational topics fron1 understanding of the Indian Act and the Municipal Act, to the opportunities and limitations of the current tax system. Reeve Frances Smee, co-chair of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region, who took part in both gatherings, commented,

"Having access to up-to-date and detailed information provided by the experts, allows us a strong foundation to build relationships and partnerships on. This process has put us one step closer to resolving the tough issues that have been barriers to progress in all of our communities."

All leaders who took part in the second meeting of the Collaborative Leadership Initiative believe the time has come to take action and agree that by working together they have the power to move forward. They also agree this process and the anticipated positive outcomes could provide a path for other jurisdictions across Canada to follow.

For more information please contact:

Kayla Frank, SCO, 204.230.8166

Colleen Sklar, WMR, 204-781-7346

Merrell-Ann Phare, CIER, 204-291-4048

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