What is the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba?
The Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM) is a neutral body created through a partnership between the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and Canada with a mandate to strengthen, rebuild and enhance the Treaty relationship with mutual respect between First Nations and Manitobans.
The TRCM will enhance and maintain positive intergovernmental relations and cooperation, conduct independent research that advances discussion on Treaty related issues, and facilitate public understanding of the importance and role of Treaty making in building a stronger and healthier nation.
The Commission has received a three year extension on its mandate and will function to:
- Engage in public education to improve the understanding of Treaties and the Treaty Relationship
- Provide facilitation service for discussing Treaty issues
- Conduct independent research
AMC Council of Elders
The AMC Council of Elders is fundamental to the work of the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba. The Elders are historians, teachers, spiritual caregivers, language experts, and advisors. With the input, support and guidance of the Elders the TRCM is able to address specific Treaty language and knowledge to ensure deeper understandings in the TRCM research initiatives such as: the Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project and the Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba. In addition to the research initiatives the Council of Elders has advised in curriculum development, leadership forums, and participated as members of the TRCM Speakers' Bureau.
The current members of the AMC Council of Elders are:
- Treaty No. 1 – Wayne Scott (Swan Lake)
- Treaty No. 2 – Harry Bone (Keeseekoowenin)
- Treaty No. 3 – Elmer Courchene (Sagkeeng First Nation)
- Treaty No. 4 – James Cote (Waywayseecappo)
- Treaty No. 5 – Elder William G. Lathlin (Opaskwayak)
- Treaty No. 5 Adhesion – D'Arcy Linklater (Nisichawayasihk)
- Treaty No. 6 – Vacant
- Treaty No. 10 – Elder Joe Hyslop (Northlands Denesuline)
- Dakota Nations – Doris Pratt (Sioux Valley)