Dauphin River & Pinaymootang Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to all the  students who were awarded this year’s IRTC Scholarships 2021.

Dauphin River

  • Kyanna Sumner
  • Violet Thompson
  • Ethan Moore
  • Bethney Wood
  • Cory Blaze Stagg-Dano
  • Zebulin Woodhouse
  • Asia Ballantyne-Cruly
  • Israel Sinclair
  • Cyssero Stagg
  • Majik Stagg-Dano

Pinaymootang

  • Therrien Beardy
  • Max Coutu
  • Jordan Sanderson
  • Matty Woodhouse
  • Elizabeth Marsden
  • Joshua Sanderson
  • Grizzley McLean
  • Gabriel Garson
  • Joseph Woodhouse
  • Tianna Letendre
  • Misty Nasikapow
  • Delilah Anderson

Other Community member winners to be announced soon.

Tribal Mental Health Therapist – Opportunity

 

JOB TITLE: Tribal Mental Health Therapist
TERM: ASAP – March 31, 2021: Renewal every Fiscal Year Based on Funding
POST LOCATION: TBA
SALARY: Based on Education and Experience

Job Description:

Reporting to the Director of Health, the Tribal Mental Health Therapist will actively support and work with IRTC’s Health Department and IRTC Mental Wellness Team to ensure children, adolescence and their families receive comprehensive community mental health and essential services in IRTC’s affiliated and independent First Nations without denial, delay, or disruption, improving the quality of lives for children, adolescence, and their families.

The Tribal Mental Health Therapist will strive to build capacity in the First Nation communities on and off- reserve to facilitate the access and delivery of mental health, wellness, and essential services for families by recognizing the deficits with service systems and the need to protect families through early intervention, collaborating and effective coordination of services.

Activities will include completion of mental health needs assessments, service delivery planning, implement health care plans and evaluations while actively supporting and collaborating with the mental health programs in each of the affiliated and independent communities in the IRTC region, programs & staff, and other specialized service providers to assure the successful achievement of IRTC’s vision, mission, and program objectives.

Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Psychology or a related discipline and/or a combination of five years mental health related experience
  • Health & Wellness Certification (I.e., ASIST 11, Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK, CPR, ) a definite asset
  • Excellent public speaking and facilitating skills
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent counselling skills
  • Knowledge of working with systems and First Nations communities
  • Knowledge of issues specific to First Nations
  • Must be available to work flexible hours and be able to travel
  • Criminal Record check and Child/Adult Abuse Registry Check must be submitted
  • Preference will be given to qualified Manitoba Interlake First Nation members

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three (3) written reference letters (preferably from present and past employers) to:
Donna Hall, Program Administrative Officer no later than 4:30 pm, October 1, 2021
Fax: (204) 942-8840
Email: hr@irtc.ca

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted. Preference will be given to Indigenous people and applicants are asked to self-declare in their cover letter or resume. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Tribal Community Wellness Outreach Worker – Opportunity

JOB TITLE:           Tribal Community Wellness Outreach Worker
TERM:                    Asap – March 31, 2022 (Annual Renewal Based on Continued Funding)
POST:                     TBD
SALARY:               Based on Education and Experience

Job Description:

Under the direction and supervision of the IRTC Director of Health, the Tribal Outreach Worker will carry out the activities of the Mental Wellness Team focusing on strengths based approach and protective factors within the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council region.

  • Work with the communities to provide support in the delivery and coordination of services
  • Provide support and follow up between visits to the community and individuals
  • Liaison with the community members and resources within the community

Qualifications:

  • A diploma in community wellness or a related discipline and/or a combination of five years mental health related experience
  • Health & Wellness Certification (I.e., ASIST 11, Mental Health First Aid, , safeTALK, CPR, ) a definite asset
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Excellent counselling skills
  • Excellent coordination skills
  • Knowledge of working with systems and First Nations communities
  • Knowledge of mental wellness
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision
  • Knowledge of issues specific to First Nations
  • Must be available to work flexible hours and be able to travel
  • Criminal Record check and Child Abuse Registry Check must be submitted
  • Preference will be given to qualified Manitoba Interlake First Nation members

Please provide a cover letter, resume and three (3) written reference letters (preferably from present and past employers) to:
Donna Hall, Program Administrative Officer no later than 4:30 pm, October 1, 2021Fax: (204) 942-8840
Email: hr@irtc.ca

We thank all who apply and advise that only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. No phone calls will be accepted. Preference will be given to Indigenous people and applicants are asked to self-declare in their cover letter or resume. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

IRTC Files an “Application of Leave to Appeal” to the Supreme Court of Canada

For Immediate Release

(April 14th, 2021) On Friday April 9th, 2021, the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council filed an “application of leave to appeal” to the Supreme of Court of Canada. This move comes after the provincial court of appeal overtured an injunction that prevents Manitoba from carrying out further work on a proposed outlet channels project and access road for the project. The proposed project, as community members have consistently said, will cause irreparable harm to the environment and livelihood sources. This step, therefore, allows the Supreme Court of Canada to weigh in on the importance of indigenous rights in Canada and the Federal Government commitment to reconciliation.

“This supreme court of appeal application was filed due to the conflict of interest the province of Manitoba is in with the Lake St Martin Channel Project, when a proponent is able to consult as the crown, issue its own permits and licenses and also build the project; this conflict of interest concerns us. We need a federal court to rule on this work that was done illegally.”, Says Chairman Cornell McLean of Interlake Reserves Tribal Council and Chief of Lake Manitoba First Nation.

A provincial ruling on a provincial project such as this creates an atmosphere of mistrust. This mistrust has been deepened by Manitoba’s approach to consultation and continued disregard for Aboriginal and Treaty Rights. That is why IRTC have asked the Supreme Court of Canada to review Manitoba’s decision to overturn the injunction.

Karl Zadnik, CEO for IRTC, maintains that: “The communities’ livelihoods will all be impacted from this mega project, and the Province is now looking to right their wrongs from the past, however, we still haven’t met with Minister Schuler in over a year since we requested to meet as leaders. We have always been open to working with this government, and this recent filing to the Supreme Court of Appeal is to ensure there is proper federal oversight on a Provincial Government locked in a conflict of interest”.

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Inc. (IRTC) is a partnership of six Manitoba Interlake First Nations working together to advance our collective well-being. IRTC includes: Dauphin River, Kinonjeoshtegon, Lake Manitoba, Little Saskatchewan, Peguis and Pinaymootang First Nations.

Media Contact: Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer, IRTC | karlzadnik@irtc.ca | (204) 795 4747

Hydrological report raises serious doubts that Outlet Channels Project will reduce flooding

For Immediate Release

(February 11, 2021) The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) says the Province must listen to Indigenous Knowledge and science and stop silencing Indigenous voices on the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels Project.

A new independent report (the Report) commissioned by the IRTC, as well as Lake Manitoba, Kinonjeoshtegon, Dauphin River, Little Saskatchewan, Pinaymootang, and Peguis First Nations (Interlake First Nations), corroborates Indigenous Knowledge that has long indicated that “The Narrows”, a narrow, shallow natural channel that divides the south and north basins of Lake St. Martin, acts as a bottleneck that greatly impairs one of the primary objectives of the Channels Project, i.e., to prevent flood impacts on First Nations situated on the south basin of Lake St. Martin.

First Nations have been asking Manitoba to do this study for years, and the Province always refused, treating our Indigenous Knowledge as folklore. Now we know why: The Report commissioned by the Interlake First Nations raises serious doubts about the benefits of the Channels Project.

Chief Garnet Woodhouse of Pinaymootang First Nation says “We have always said that we want to be partners in this Project. But the model used by Manitoba to predict flood levels in Lake St. Martin wrongly assumes that the Lake is composed of a single basin. One of our main concerns is this assumption. First Nations have been pointing this out since the start of the Project planning. There are two basins to Lake St. Martin and “The Narrows”, by holding back water in the south basin, causes a difference in their water levels. That is why we commissioned our own study – and it shows that the flood protection predicted by Manitoba for the project is greatly overestimated.”

The key finding of the Report by Halket Environmental Consultants is that, “the narrows act as a hydraulic control and the effect of this control causes a significant difference between the basins’ water levels.” The model used in the report further suggests that, “the flood protection offered by the Project has been significantly overestimated.”

Manitoba has dismissed First Nation concerns that the Project will cause significant harm to the environment and to our communities. The Premier has claimed these devastating impacts will be offset by the flood protection offered by the Project. According to Chief Woodhouse: “We now have the science that confirms our serious concerns from day one: that the project, as designed, will not protect our communities from flooding.”

Chief Cornell McLean, of Lake Manitoba First Nation and Chair of the IRTC adds, “When the concept of building a new channel between Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin was first proposed a key recommendation of the 2013 report from the Lake Manitoba-Lake St. Martin Regulation Review Committee, Finding the Right Balance, was that the approval of First Nations on Lake St. Martin – those most severely impacted by the Province’s flood management systems in 2011 and 2014 – must be a prerequisite of any decision on the Channels Project. We uphold that view and reiterate to both Manitoba and Canada that the consent of First Nations of the Interlake is fundamental to finding a solution to flood management that reflects the honour of the Crown and advances reconciliation.”

Media Contact:

Karl Zadnik | karlzadnik@irtc.ca | (204) 795 4747

IRTC Responds to Pallister’s media statements on the Outlet Channels Project

For Immediate Release

January 29th, 2021

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) was extremely disappointed to hear the Premier’s misleading comments to Manitobans yesterday. Indigenous consultation with the Province on the Outlet Channels Project is not on track. More troubling, the Premier blatantly deceived the media at yesterday’s press conference about the Injunction rendered against his government as result of his government’s failure to take Indigenous consultation seriously.

His statement that the injunction obtained by the IRTC and four of our member First Nations was overturned on December 23, 2020 is patently false. As explained in a statement provided by our legal counsel to media: “The Court ordered injunction against the Government of Manitoba remains in place. It has not been overturned. The Province’s appeal of that injunction will be heard by the Court on February 19, 2021. The decision of December 23, 2020 referred to by the Premier concerned a procedural application by others to obtain intervener status in the appeal. This court decision in no way affects the substance of the injunction”.

We call on the Province to roll up its sleeves and get down work on conducting the necessary environmental studies and start co-operating instead of fighting our Nations. Time and again, the IRTC has stated its commitment to working with the Province as equal partners on this project. But our commitment has been met with disrespect by the Province.

Echoing his commitment to work with the province, Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer, IRTC, said: “We want to work with the federal government directly on a contribution agreement that acknowledges us, the directly impacted First Nations from IRTC, so we can ensure we’re accommodated properly”. He went on: “The Premier’s statement about protecting our communities from climate change impacts are misleading. While we believe in the science of climate change, Manitoba’s misguided policies have led to our lands being consistently flooded, led to destruction of fish and fish habitat, led to draining of wetlands, and so on.”

Chief Cornell Mclean, Chairman of the IRTC, reiterated that “doing the right thing is never too late. The Premier and his Ministers should learn from the past, and work cooperatively with us, while respecting our Treaty Rights”.

These issues were discussed at a meeting with the federal Minister of Infrastructure, the Hon. Minister Mckenna last week. At that meeting, the Chiefs presented their concerns around the Province’s unwillingness to work with First Nations and address the impacts the Project will have on our land and our people. To resolve these, Karl Zadnik pointed out that “we need to explore ways around these issues, we need to respect protocols. We are willing to be partners, one hundred percent, if the concerns of our First Nations are properly accommodated”

For more info contact: Karl Zadnik, IRTC Chief Executive Officer at 204-795-4747

Extension of Term of Office (Little Saskatchewan First Nation)

Please be advised that due to the significant rise of Covid cases within Manitoba; November 12, 2020 The Province of Manitoba announced a “Code Red Alert” for Manitoba. https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/restartmb/prs/system/red-critic.ahltml

Extension of Term of Office:

November 3, 2020 The Minister of Indigenous Service Canada approved a six (6) month extension from January 28, 2021 to July 28, 2021. The Little Saskatchewan First Nation Band Election will be held on July 28, 2021.

The First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases) extension is necessary to prevent, mitigate or control the spread of diseases on the reserve.

https://laws-lois. justice.gc .ca/ eng/regulations/SOR-2020-84/inde.xhtml

COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths are increasing at an alarming rate on Manitoba First Nations, prompting many of them to lock down and try to protect their most vulnerable members.

As the Chief and Council and community healthcare workers and community members work diligently to protect our community, we ask everyone to take precautions whenever possible to help reduce the spread of this coronavirus

Chief Hector Shorting and Band Council
Little Saskatchewan First Nation

Special Weather / Winter Storm Alert – November 7, 2020

NOVEMBER 7, 2020
Special Weather / Winter Storm Alerts for Manitoba

Please check your local weather warnings here: https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=mb

Central Manitoba, including the northern Interlake area, will see freezing rain and high winds beginning Sunday at noon, with increasing severity through the afternoon into the evening hours and overnight into Monday.

There will be snow continuing in northern Manitoba.

We are noting that with the freezing rain and high winds, hydro infrastructure could be at risk. This could mean power surges and power outages. Hydro outages can be reported and tracked online at: https://account.hydro.mb.ca/Portal/outeroutage.aspx

It is also possible that Manitoba highways will be closed or travel could be restricted because of this event. Manitoba Highways notification # is 511. http://manitoba511.ca/en/

We encourage everyone to be prepared with a 72 hour emergency kit in case there are issues with power. Two different sites where you can access information on 72 hour emergency kits are:

https://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/kts/index-en.aspx or https://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/emergencies-and-disasters-in-canada/be-ready-emergency-preparedness-and-recovery/get-an-emergency-kit