Elder D’Arcy Linklater


  • Treaty No. 5
  • Oral History
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Resource/Land Based issues (Manitoba Hydro)

Councillor, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

D’Arcy Linklater was born in Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) May 3, 1950 and raised by his grandparents who taught him to live openly like the water and the river to experience life to the fullest. His great grandfather was Pierre Moose the Chief who made the Adhesion to #5 Treaty with the Crown in Nelson House on July 30, 1908.

He received his elementary education in Nisichawayasihk and attended residential school in Portage La Prairie where he graduated from high school. He attended Keewatin Community College in The Pas, Manitoba where he graduated from the Natural Resource Management course.

D’Arcy has worked as a trapper, fisherman, hunter and miner. He was employed with the Department of Natural Resources for eight years in Thompson, Manitoba.

He has been executive director for his Cree Nation and an elected leader for over fifteen years. He has a keen interest in justice and equal rights for his people. He continues to work tirelessly for his people with the aim of combating injustices and poverty.

D’Arcy’s dream is to move away from wardship towards social and economic justice. He seeks sustainable ways to use the natural resources in a way that will provide meaningful opportunity for First Nations people while at the same time providing the protection and respect for the land.