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 AFN

P: 866-869-6789

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

AFN is an advocacy organization, taking direction and fulfilling mandates as directed by First Nations-in-Assembly through resolutions.

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs AMC

P: 204-956-0610 (main line) /1-888-324-5483 (toll free)
E: [email protected]

AMC Head Office 137-476 Madison Street / AMC Sub-Office 200-275 Portage Avenue
Long Plain Madison Indian Reserve No.1 / Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
R3J 1J1 / R3B 2B3

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 First Nations Police Service MFNP

P: Emergency 911 / 204-856-5370
E: [email protected]

PO Box 37
Portage la Prairie, Manitoba Canada
R1N 3B2

It is the goal of the Manitoba First Nations Police Service to position itself as the police service of choice to First Nations seeking alternatives in policing. The Manitoba First Nations Police Service has support for expansion within the Province of Manitoba from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Assembly of First Nations both at the Provincial and Federal level.

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak MKO

P: Toll Free: 1-800-442-0488
E: Online Contact Form

Head Office Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation / Winnipeg Office 102-1700 Ellice Avenue / Thompson Office 206-55 Selkirk Avenue
Nelson House / Winnipeg / Thompson, Manitoba Canada
R0B 1A0 / R3H 0B1 /R8N 0M5

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak is the Cree equivalent of Northern Manitoba Chiefs. Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO). MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, Aboriginal and human rights for the citizens of the sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10. MKO receives its mandate by resolution of the MKO Chiefs in General Assembly. The Grand Chief, elected for a three-year term, serves as the principal spokesperson. A regionally representative Executive Council of Chiefs provides ongoing direction between General Assemblies. For more information, please go to: Foundation of Reconciliation-Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation and Social Services – Child and Family Services and Crisis Supports.

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]

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

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations and more than 81,500 citizens in what is now called southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process. For more information, please go to: Foundation of Reconciliation-Indigenous Rights & Reconciliation and Social Services – Child and Family Services.

First Nations Bands / Councils

Chanupa Wakpa Dakhóta Oyáte – Canupawakpa First Nation

P: 204-854-2959

P.O. Box 146
Pipestone, Manitoba Canada
R0M 1T0


Canupawakpa Dakota Nation – Manitoba, Canada (

With a population of over 300 people, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation is located in southwestern Manitoba, Canada. Located along the #83 highway, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation has a gaming centre with VLT’s and some convenience items. The communities Band Office is located centrally between the Health Services building and the Gaming Centre.

Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Member Nations

P: 204-239-8650
E: [email protected]

230-5010 Crescent Road W
Keeshkeemaquah, Manitoba Canada
R1N 4B1

Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council works together to provide programs and services that protect and promote the shared interests and aspirations of its member First Nations. 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


Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation is a vibrant and thriving First Nation based in Nelson House, Manitoba, about 800 kilometres north of Winnipeg and 80 kilometres west of Thompson. We’re focused on providing education and opportunities that can help assure a positive tomorrow for our youth, our families and our Elders.

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
E: Online Contact Form

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


The Cross Lake Indian Reserve consists of Reserve No. 19, 19A, 19B, 19C, 19D, and 19E. All are adjacent to each other and 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 into Cross Lake. According to the regional population statistics as of August 2016; the Band has an on-reserve population is 6,047 and an off-reserve population of 2,399. The total Band population is 8,446.There are individuals of non-aboriginal origin, as well as a number of Metis residing on-reserve. The majority of the population is treaty status.

Southeast Resource Development Council Member First 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.

Wakhpetunwin Otinta – Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation

P: 204-252-2300

PO BOX 1246
Portage La Prairie, Manitoba Canada
R1N 3J9


Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation is located in South Central Manitoba, 20 miles south west of Portage La Prairie. Dakota Plains has no official councils. Instead, the community are considered unofficial council members. Any meetings held are open to the community members and are welcome to sit in.

West Region Tribal Council Member Nations

P: 204-622-9450
E: [email protected]

Office Address: 21 3rd Ave NE, Unit C
Mailing Address: PO Box 207, Erickson, MB, R0J 0P0
Dauphin, Manitoba Canada
R7N 0Y5


The Member First Nations of West Region Tribal Council are; Ebb & Flow First Nation; Gambler First Nation; Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation; O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation; Pine Creek First Nation; Skownan First Nation; Rolling River First Nation; Tootinaowaziibeeng Treaty Reserve. The West Region Tribal Council provides advisory services to the member First Nations in the areas of: Governance, Education, Social Development, Fire Safety, Housing, the Circuit Rider Training Program, and services to the Manitoba First Nations Water and Wastewater Program for the First Nations in Manitoba.

Wipazoka Wakpa Dakhóta Oyáte – Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

P: 204-855-2671 / Toll free: 1-866-721-0293

P.O. Box 38
Griswold, Manitoba Canada
R0M 0S0


Sioux Valley Dakota Nation SVDN, formerly called the Oak River Reserve, is located on the banks of the Assiniboine River in Southwestern Manitoba. The Oak River Reserve was created by an Order in Council of the Government of Canada in 1876. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation is the largest Dakota Nation in Canada with a membership of approximately 2500. SVDN is not a signatory to a Treaty.

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.


Government of Nunavut

P: Toll free: 1-877-212-6438
E: [email protected]

P.O. Box 1000 Station 200
Iqaluit, Nunavut Canada
X0A 0H0

“The majority of Inuit in Manitoba are from just north of the Manitoba/Nunavut border.” (Manitoba Inuit Association). The Government of Nunavut is one of only two legislatures in Canada that practice consensus style of government rather than a political party system. Under this system all Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected as independents in their constituencies. While Nunavut has the same status and powers as the Northwest Territories and Yukon, it also operates in a way that is unique from any other jurisdiction in Canada. Nunavut incorporates Inuit values and beliefs into a contemporary system of government. The official languages of the territory are: the Inuit Language (Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun), English and French. All departments are headquartered in Iqaluit, while decentralized offices are located in communities throughout. (Source:

Manitoba Inuit Association – please see listing under Community Outreach

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