The TRCM’s mandate is to focus on enhancing and improving Treaty Relations and government cooperation through:

  • Public Education;
  • Research; and
  • Facilitation.

The TRCM Research Strategy was developed in 2007 following a series of discussions with the MOA parties, academics, and Elders. Research projects were selected by ensuring concurrence with the areas identified in the MOA, capacity to fill the gaps in literature, and expanding Treaty knowledge.

The Research Strategy approved by the parties to the MOA through the TRCM Technical Working Group (TWG) and Joint Seniors Officials Committee (JSOC) tables. As a result, several projects have been commissioned since 2007. Two major projects are the Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project and the Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba Project. The overall Research Strategy has been held in abeyance since the 2009-2010 fiscal year. However, tangible deliverables are required by the parties from the research strategy.

Ongoing Project Highlights:

Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project & Treaty Elders’ Teachings Series

In July 2006, the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM) and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) entered into a Protocol Agreement on the Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project (OHP). The OHP Research Team has met with 61 of the 64 Manitoba First Nations and held fourteen Focus Groups, seven Community Forums and sixty Follow-up Elder Interviews that included 228 Elders from the seven Treaty areas and five Manitoba linguistic groups including the Dakota Nation. LEARN MORE

The Historical Atlas of First Nations in Manitoba & Atlas Portfolio

The “Atlas Project” arises out of a series of consultations with the MOA parties [Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada], First Nation leaders, Elders, community members, and Treaty researchers. This culminated in the drafting of the TRCM Research Strategy, which included a section called: Livelihood & Manitoba First Nations Traditional Knowledge and Practices and finally the project itself in 2007. The TRCM established an Editorial Board to oversee the development of the project. LEARN MORE