Thank You To Our Sponsors – 3rd Annual Golf Tournament

On behalf of the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC), we would like to thank you for your generous support and sponsorship for our 3rd Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament held on June 6, 2019.

The golf tournament was a success. The weather was perfect, and everyone enjoyed themselves. Your sponsorship has truly made this year’s tournament fun for all.

We were able to distribute a total of $12,000 to our Member First Nation Communities to be distributed to their top students.

It is in our sincere hope that you will join us again in 2020 where we create an even bigger and better event.

If you have any questions regarding sponsorship, monetary or merchandise donation or registration, please contact Donna Hall at (204) 956-7413.

Sincerely,
INTERLAKE RESERVES TRIBAL COUNCIL, INC.

AFN Supports Supports the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Demand for Consultations for the Outlet Channel Project in Manitoba

TTAWAJune 12, 2019 /CNW/ – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde fully supports Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) in its demand that the Government of Manitoba halt all work on the Outlet Channel Project around Lake St. Martin. The IRTC states that there was an agreement with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister to consult with First Nations that is not being honoured.

“I fully support the position of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council that the Government of Manitobato consult with the First Nations affected by the Outlet Channel Project,” said National Chief Bellegarde. “The construction of the Outlet directly affects their lands and livelihoods and that means First Nations have a right to be consulted. We must ensure these rights are respected, upheld and honoured by the Crown, and that includes the right to free, prior and informed consent as set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.”

In 2017, Premier Pallister promised that consultations with Indigenous communities on the Outlet Channels Project would be the most comprehensive in the history of Manitoba, and committed to the affected communities that they would share in the economic opportunities arising from construction of the project. The IRTC has discovered a 23-kilometre route in the Interlake was cleared in preparation for a channel from Lake St. Martin to Lake Winnipeg, but were not informed by the government of Manitoba and are not aware if the necessary approvals were obtained.

“Despite a written agreement, the Government of Manitoba has stopped all funding for consultations with the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and our member communities” says IRTC Chairman and Chief Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation. “Since January 2018, the province’s actions don’t look like the actions of a government that has a genuine commitment to consult with Indigenous communities.”

Karl Zadnik, IRTC Chief Executive Officer, stated: “The government of Manitoba illegally cleared the right-of-way for the channel, even before the environmental assessment has been filed, and they refuse to start the necessary traditional land use studies.”

“We have been pushing for more than a year for resources to start the studies necessary to assess the impacts of the Channels Project on our Treaty and Aboriginal rights,” said Chief Cornell McLean. “These studies must be included in Environmental Impact Statement. Without these studies, the Project cannot move forward. We do not understand why the Province is refusing to undertake these studies. We are tired of attending meetings where nothing is moving forward and we are fed platitudes by the Province, with actions on the ground that don’t match. Frankly, the province is setting itself up for failure on this Channel Project.”

The IRTC says there has been no funding for Traditional Land Use (TLU) studies or consultations with First Nations for about two years. The TLU studies are required by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency to proceed with the work on the Outlet Channel Project. The IRTC states that Right of Way clearing and other work has taken place prior to impact assessment without any consultation with First Nations.

Finance Manager – Employment Opportunity

JOB TITLE:                                         Finance Manager

TERM:                                                   ASAP – March 31, 2020 (renewal subject to continued funding)

POST:                                                    IRTC Head Office  –  Pinaymootang First Nation

SALARY:                                               Based on Education and Experience

 

DESCRIPTION:

Based out of Pinaymootang First Nation, Head office for IRTC, and reporting to the Executive Director, the Finance Manager is responsible for assisting the Executive Director with the overall financial management of IRTC Tribal Council administration of financing.  The Finance Manager duties, as it relates All Programs, is responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring the Financial Policies and Procedures are adhered to
  • Assisting the Executive Director in financial planning
  • Reporting and recommending to the Executive Director on financial matters
  • Business modeling and forecasting
  • Preparation and prescribing of financial reports and chart of accounts for Executive Director and Board of Directors on a regular basis
  • File Maintenance
  • Respond to enquiries regarding Accounts Payable & Receivables
  • Monitoring all financial transactions of the IRTC, to ensure that each transaction is conducted in accordance with IRTC Financial Policies and Procedures manual
  • Reviewing the records with the Executive Director and reporting any variances
  • Accounts Payable / Receivable
  • Payroll
  • Process travel claims
  • Process cheque runs / requests
  • Reconcile Accounts Payable
  • Bank Deposits
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Assisting the auditor by preparing financial records for the audit and by providing all available information to ensure a thorough audit
  • Maintaining an inventory of IRTC assets as required and pursuant to GAAP guidelines;
  • Contractor files (up keeping)
  • Preparation of T4 and T4A’s
  • Other duties as required to assist the CEO in administering the IRTC Programs efficiently and effectively

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum 5 years’ accounting experience
  • CPA Designation would be an asset
  • Experience working in a First Nation environment
  • Experience of financial information systems and be computer literate with the following computer programs:

–        Quick Books

–        Accounts Payable

–        General Ledger 

–        Excel

–        Microsoft Word

  • Able to demonstrate a track record of successful financial management for organization(s)
  • Should have financial reporting and management skills, and experience of working with stakeholders to develop strong financial understanding across an organization
  • Good knowledge of the funding, regulatory and legislative environment for Provincial and Federal funding agencies High ethical standards and influencing skills with the ability to engage effectively with all staff across the organization
  • Excellent analytical skills and sound judgment
  • Excellent communication and presentational skills
  • Proposal writing skills an asset
  • Must be able to travel and work overtime

Please provide a cover letter, resume, Criminal Record check and three (3) written reference letters (preferably from present and past employers) to

Donna Hall, Program Manager no later than 4:30 p.m. June 7, 2019
Fax: (204) 942-8840      Email:  donnahall@irtc.ca

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Pre-Employment Case Workers (Peguis First Nation) – Employment Opportunity

Job Title: Pre-Employment Case Workers
Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 24, 2019
Term: June 3, 2019 – March 31, 2020 (With possibility of renewal)
Location: Peguis First Nation, 2 Full Time Positions
Salary: Depending on Experience

The Pre-Employment Supports Program (PESP) utilizes case management to enhance employability, skills, and personal development, while creating pathways for social assistance clients to refocus on pursuing opportunity through education, training and / or employment. Curricula may include resume writing, first aid and safety courses, driver education, money management, post-secondary campus visits, job shadowing opportunities, life skills training, cultural teachings, aptitude testing, and referrals.

Job Summary
Under the direction of the Social Development Advisor and supervision of the Case Worker Coordinator, the Case Workers will be responsible for the engagement of Social Clients and the implementation of programming in our member Nations. Case Management includes the intake process, employability assessment and planning, development of actions plans for participants, consistent monitoring, and reporting. You will be responsible for 25-50 Clients and apply the Incentive and Disincentive policy as per the Program Directive.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Intake process through community awareness, application, and selection.
  • Review and develop case plans, with the client’s best interest in mind, that are realistic and measurable. Schedule pre-employment supports for clients (service providers, dates, locations, travel, incentives). Create and maintain client files that include essential documents as outlined in the program directive. Continual monitoring of client case plans and monthly reports to supervisor.
  • Build relationships / networks by working with partners in education, labor market, training, health, etc. Attend meetings as required.

Qualifications and Conditions of Employment

  • Bachelor of Social Work, and /or 1 – 3 years in Case Management or equivalent experience / training. Computer experience in word processing, spreadsheets, and database programs.
  • Possess effective listening, communication and assessment skills.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to multitask.
  • Always adhere to workplace and client confidentiality policies.
  • Ability to plan, organize and schedule activities and events.
  • Proficient in working independently and self-motivated.
  • Actively participate as a team player with co-workers.
  • Present written and verbal information clearly.
  • Financial knowledge and experience.
  • Demonstrate excellent work habits.
  • Strong advocacy skills.
  • Willing to participate in staff training and development. Provide Criminal Record Check and Child/Vulnerable Person Abuse Checks.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, be available to travel and have access to a vehicle.

Preference will be given to candidates of Peguis First Nation.

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and three (3) written employment reference letters to:
Donna Hall, Program Manager: donnahall@irtc.ca or Fax No: 1 (204) 942-8840.
I.R.T.C., 105 – 1555 St. James Street, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B5

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator – Employment Opportunity

JOB TITLE: Tribal Harm Reduction Coordinator
TERM: ASAP – March 2022
POST: IRTC Winnipeg Sub-Office
SALARY: TBD (based on education & experience)

Job Description:
Reporting directly to the Tribal Nursing Officer (TNO), the Tribal Health Education Coordinator (TORHEC) will be responsible for program enhancement and coordinating Harm Reduction activities for Interlake Reserves Tribal Council’s (IRTC) member and Independent communities.

• Engage and collaborate with internal and external partners (e.g. NNADAP, BF/BFI, RHA’s).
• Consult with community leadership, attain buy-in for a targeted approach to STBBI, HIV awareness and readiness.
• Conduct health promotion and capacity building initiatives in communities.
• Identify clients in need and provide appropriate referrals, including assisting clients with accessing support services and providing access to local testing and treatment centres.
• Representing IRTC as directed by the Health Director (HD)/TNO on different health related boards and committees.
• Maintain awareness of community program needs and opportunities.
• Conducting community consultations and readiness assessments for the development of harm reduction programs as required.
• Working with other First Nations and other health care agencies and service providers to ensure adequate community-based health services are developed and supported.
• Advocate for First Nation in the delivery of health care services to ensure quality programs are delivered within the communities.
• To communicate regularly with the HD/TNO and IRTC member communities Health Directors as well as providing a monthly written report.
• Performing other professional duties as assigned by IRTC HD, Health Advisory Board and Chiefs of IRTC.

Qualifications:
• LPN or post-secondary education in a related field, or a minimum of three (3) years of experience working in the field of community health and/or social services
• Excellent and thorough knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal organizations and communities in a health field capacity
• Strong knowledge of harm reduction, safer sex, syringe services, and overdose prevention strategies
• Willingness to upgrade and take all trainings in related field as provided
• Extensive experience working with youth and people who use drugs
• Experience working in the field of health promotion and HIV/STBBI and hepatitis C
• Experience in program budgeting and fiscal management
• Self-directed, motivated and flexible with a demonstrated ability to work with a highly motivated and energized team
• Excellent writing, interpersonal, and communication skills and networking ability
• Personal qualities include innovative, professional, high integrity, energetic, exceptional communication, negotiation, interpersonal, and time management skills
• Preference will be given to qualified IRTC Member First Nation person

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three written references (preferably from past and present employers) to:
Liz Bone, Tribal Nursing Officer
Fax: (204) 942-8840
Email: Lizbone@irtc.ca

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Deadline to apply: Please submit by February 28, 2019

Canada supports Interlake Reserves Tribal Council efforts to combat climate change risks

From: Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

February 13, 2019 — Winnipeg, MANITOBA — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Climate change is one of the greatest collective challenges Canada faces as a nation. The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nation communities to tackle climate change, grow the economy, and ensure a more sustainable and prosperous future for Canada.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, announced an investment of $814,000 to the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council to help reduce risks from climate-related hazards such as flooding and wildfires.

With this investment, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is undertaking a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment to support the development of an emergency management framework to mitigate extreme flooding events within its six First Nation communities. These communities are: Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Lake Manitoba First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation.

The First Nation Adapt program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.

“The impacts of climate change are not in the distant future, they have arrived. The Government of Canada is proud to partner with Interlake Reserves Tribal Council in taking important steps to plan for and adapt to the new realities in our environment.”

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

“Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and its 6 member communities have been at the fore front when dealing with emergency management and the natural disasters caused by climate change. In 2011 our communities were flooded out by a man made emergency outlet channel to save the City of Winnipeg and we were the ones impacted. With this initiative not only will we be able plan and prepare but combined with our Emergency Operations this will help us become even more resilient. We also want to partner with nearby towns and municipalities to help everyone in the region

Chief Cornell McLean
Chairman of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council

Quick facts

  • The First Nation Adapt Program is part of a Budget 2016 commitment to provide $129.5 million over five years to seven federal departments and agencies to implement programming focused on building the science base to inform decision-making, on protecting the health and well-being of Canadians, on building resilience in the North and Indigenous communities, and on enhancing competitiveness in key economic sectors.
  • The First Nation Adapt program is currently supporting nine community projects in Manitoba First Nations in 2018-2019 with investments of approximately $1.5 million.

IRTC Takes Stand Against Province of Manitoba

OTTAWADec. 4, 2018 /CNW/ – Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) and its member First Nations are disappointed and feel betrayed by Premier Pallister’s recent comments on First Nation consultations on the Outlet Channel Project.

Chief Cornell McLean of Lake Manitoba First Nation, and Chairman for the IRTC states, “If the Premier is serious about getting the Channels Project built quickly, he needs to spend less time making inflammatory statements to the media and more time recommitting his government to partnering with First Nations on the planning and construction of the Project. We haven’t had a meaningful discussion with Province for over a year about this Project.”

In 2017, the Premier promised consultations with Indigenous communities on the Outlet Channels Project would be the most comprehensive in the history of Manitoba and committed that affected communities would share in the economic opportunities arising from the construction of the Project.

Chief McLean explained, “We are starting to see that these may have been empty promises. We were left out of the most recent Project design and build contract awarded by the Province of Manitoba. Time and time again our communities have borne the brunt of flooding. The Outlet Channels Project is no different: our communities’ – the original Ojibwe/Saulteaux Nation – fishing, hunting and continued land and water use will be adversely impacted by the Project.”

Chief McLean continued: “It is frustrating to watch the provincial and federal governments play politics with the Outlet Channels Project, instead of focusing their energy on working with our member communities: Lake Manitoba First Nation, Pinaymootang First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Peguis First Nation, and Little Saskatchewan First Nation. Issues with the devastation caused by the 2011 and 2014 floods still remain unresolved. We all need to make sure that First Nations rights and interests are not ignored in the development of the Channels Project.”

Karl Zadnik, CEO of IRTC says “To avoid the mistakes of the past, it is vital that the Environmental Assessment for the Project include an impact assessment on our Treaty and Aboriginal rights, including fishing, water quality, and an overall cultural impact assessment. Until this is done, the Project can’t be approved by the federal or provincial governments. Yet, the Province and CEAA have so far refused to dedicate sufficient resources to do these studies.”

Chief McLean goes on to say: “We have tried to work with the Province, but our requests have largely fallen on deaf ears. In the meantime, our leadership will continue to work to make sure that the Channels Project does not proceed until the impacts on our rights and on the fishery our people depend on are understood, mitigated and accommodated.”

SOURCE: Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC)

Media Contact :
Karl Zadnik, BComm(Hons), PM Cert.,
Chief Executive Officer,
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council,
Cell: (204) 795-4747,
Email: karlzadnik@irtc.ca

Fire Prevention Week: Fire Safety Tips

Home Fire Escape Planning

  • Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practised before a fire strikes.
  • A home escape plan should include the following:
    • Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window
    • Properly installed and working smoke alarms
    • A meeting place outside in front of the home where everyone will meet after they exit
    • A call to 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone

Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.
  • Working smoke alarms cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.
  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Cooking

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.

Heating

  • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.
  • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires.
  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 metre) away from heating equipment.
  • Have a 3-foot (1 metre) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters
  • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional.