FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2018 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is the largest tribal council in Manitoba, with over 17000 members from its six member communities (Lake Manitoba First Nation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation, Peguis First Nation, Dauphin River First Nation, Little Saskatchewan First Nation, and Pinaymootang First Nation). They have been in ongoing discussions with the current Provincial government: the PC Party of Manitoba on the proposed Lake St Martin Channel and independent project the access road.

IRTC continue to stand united and together with respect to the construction opportunities with the above mentioned projects.

“Interlake Reserves Tribal Council is pleased to see the progressive and effective relationship with the Province of Manitoba. This current government has awarded our Joint Venture partnership with Sigfusson Northern a contract to work on the access road in our own territorial backyard. One of many future contracts that IRTC and the Joint Venture anticipates. It shows their commitment and support for our Indigenous people that face the highest unemployment rate in Canada and a willingness to listen to us and our needs and responding with action.” Karl Zadnik, Chief Executive Officer of IRTC has shared.

A few of IRTC member communities have faced past flooding that has displaced their people and made them relocate to the City of Winnipeg during 2011 and 2014. Sadly these communities have faced devastating consequences from the past two governments. “During that time the NDP government didn’t engage with our member communities effectively but instead built the emergency channel and used it without our full input. Now that our people are moving back home, we are pleased this current PC government is listening to us through consultation and engagement on the Lake St Martin Channel.

We have advised that we need equal opportunities and participation in the access road project and future Lake St Martin channel work; direct sole sourced contracts for us will ensure we have local jobs and opportunities to build long lasting legacy to address our longstanding issues of unemployment and not having a seat at the construction table. IRTC partnered with Sigfusson Northern strategically to ensure we had full capacity to undertake any project in scale of size and scope of work. IRTC performed its own internal due diligence and competitive process to ensure they had the right partner that would work for us, our member communities and provide the Province of Manitoba with value for their money.” Chief Cornell McLean, current Chairman of IRTC, shared.

Any questions to this press release can be directed to:
Karl Zadnik
Executive Director
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Email: karlzadnik@irtc.ca

Chief Cornell McLean
Chairperson
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Email: lakembfirstnation@hotmail.com

Merry Christmas

May this Christmas end the present year on a cheerful note and make way for a fresh and bright New Year. Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

– Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Board of Directors, Management & Staff

Information Session – Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation

INFORMATION SESSION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PLANS OF THE LAKE MANITOBA AND LAKE ST. MARTIN OUTLET CHANNELS

You are invited to attend an information session hosted by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council. Representatives from the Government of Manitoba will be in attendance to present the province’s proposed plans for the construction of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels and will be available to answer your questions. Topics discussed will include the preliminary details on the channel, environmental considerations and the next steps in delivering this major flood infrastructure project. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to share their concerns about possible effects on areas of importance for land and resource use.

PLACE: Kinonjeoshtegon School, Jackhead, Manitoba
DATE: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information please contact:

Seetta Roccola
Land Use Planning/Technical Services Manager
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Phone: (204) 956-7413
Email: sroccola@mymts.net or
seettaroccola@irtc.ca

or
Karl Zadnik
Executive Director
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Phone: (204) 956-7413
Email:karlzadnik@irtc.ca

DOOR PRIZE: IPAD MINI

Information Session – Pinaymootang First Nation

INFORMATION SESSION CONCERNING THE PROPOSED CONSTRUCTION PLANS OF THE LAKE MANITOBA AND LAKE ST. MARTIN OUTLET CHANNELS

You are invited to attend an information session hosted by the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council. Representatives from the Government of Manitoba will be in attendance to present the province’s proposed plans for the construction of the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin outlet channels and will be available to answer your questions. Topics discussed will include the preliminary details on the channel, environmental considerations and the next steps in delivering this major flood infrastructure project. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to share their concerns about possible effects on areas of importance for land and resource use.

PLACE: Pinaymootang Church Hall, Fairford, Manitoba
DATE: Thursday, December 14, 2017
TIME: 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information please contact:

Seetta Roccola
Land Use Planning/Technical Services Manager
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Phone: (204) 956-7413
Email: sroccola@mymts.net or
seettaroccola@irtc.ca

or
Karl Zadnik
Executive Director
Interlake Reserves Tribal Council
Phone: (204) 956-7413
Email:karlzadnik@irtc.ca

DOOR PRIZE: IPAD MINI

IRTC & Sigfusson Northern Ltd sign Joint Venture Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 27, 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) has just signed a Joint Venture agreement with Sigfusson Northern Ltd supported by all six Member First Nation communities for future construction project considerations.

“We see this signing as a strategic one with the ability to build further capacity and develop meaningful value added economic development for our communities.” Karl Zadnik, CEO for IRTC

The Chairman, Chief Cornell McLean says “that the Lake St Martin Channel is a project that is currently under consultations with the communities of IRTC, and this $350 Million dollar project is important to have the needed capacity to be competitive. We stand by our original statement that we not only want sole sourced contracts and meaningful consultations. We have not consented to this project; however, we are open to discussions and contract considerations from the Province.”

Wade Pluchinske of Sigfusson Northern states, “Sigfusson Northern is excited at the opportunity to work with IRTC and their member communities on upcoming construction projects. These projects have the ability to provide increased employment, training opportunities and business development for the IRTC communities.”

If you have any questions please contact Karl Zadnik at (204) 956-7413 or
karlzadnik@irtc.ca.

Regards,
INTERLAKE RESERVES TRIBAL COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

For Immediate Release – Sept 29

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
The Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) is deeply saddened by the loss of Evan Caron on September 23, 2017. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time.
IRTC requests that the media respect the privacy of Evan’s family during their time of profound grief.
The Chiefs of IRTC expect this wish for Evan’s family to be respected and upheld.
Regards,
INTERLAKE RESERVES TRIBAL COUNCIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chief Cornell McLean,
Chairman
cc. Chief Glenn Hudson,
Chief Dave Traverse,
Chief Barry Anderson,
Chief Hector Shorting,
Chief John Stagg,
Grand Chief Arlen Dumas,
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels,
Karl Zadnik, CEO IRTC

News Release – Consultation Agreement Signed With Manitoba

MANITOBA AND INTERLAKE RESERVES TRIBAL COUNCIL SIGN CONSULTATION AGREEMENT
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Consultation Process Will
Inform Decision-making on Project:  Clarke
The Manitoba government has formally entered into an agreement with the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council (IRTC) that will allow them to consult, engage and discuss innovative ideas for the proposed Lake Manitoba Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels project, Indigenous and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today.
“Community members hold extensive land and resource-use knowledge within the proposed project area and facilitating robust, comprehensive and respectful consultations is a priority for our government,” said Clarke.  “This exciting consultation arrangement with the IRTC represents another important step forward for our government’s agenda of working together and fostering positive partnerships with Indigenous communities across Manitoba.”
Through the agreement, the IRTC will lead the consultation process through community engagement with their members, which include the Pinaymootang, Little Saskatchewan, Kinonjeoshtegon, Peguis, Lake Manitoba and Dauphin River First Nations.  The consultation process will allow for information sharing and understanding of the proposed project, and will gather perspectives of the IRTC First Nations communities.
“We are pleased this new provincial government is willing to fund these very important traditional knowledge land-use studies for our Interlake Reserves Tribal Council member communities,” said Karl Zadnik, chief executive officer, IRTC.  “In 2011 and in the past, these studies were not completed and we need to ensure our traditional and inherent rights to the land and its use are well documented moving forward.”
“We are hoping the government is going to do what’s right and fulfil their Constitutional duty to consult and we are optimistic that this process will lead to the approval of projects that will be beneficial and respectful to everyone,” Chief Cornell McLean, Lake Manitoba First Nation, and chairman, IRTC.  “We have a very high unemployment rate and it’s important for us to be equal partners here with the proposed Channel Reach 2 and 3 in regards to construction contracts and them being sole sourced.”
Clarke added the Manitoba government is committed to strengthening relationships with Indigenous peoples through meaningful consultation and noted that outcomes resulting from the consultation process will inform decision-making and information sharing in the future.

Our New Website is Launched!

Aneen, Boojoo, Tansi and Welcome to IRTC’s Website!
On behalf of the Interlake Reserves Tribal Council Inc. (IRTC), we welcome you to our official Website.  It is our goal that this site be of benefit to our Member First Nations, aboriginals, and to our non-aboriginal visitors.
We invite you to take a virtual walk through our ‘new’ website.  Learn more about us as we continue to work toward creating sustainable, healthy, and prosperous communities that are grounded in our culture, heritage and respectful of our traditional lands.
We hope you enjoy your visit here and return regularly as we will continually update the IRTC website on a regular basis.
Meegwetch, Ekosi!