IRTC & Sigfusson Northern Ltd sign Joint Venture Agreement

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


For Immediate Release – Sept 29

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.
Chief Cornell McLean,
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

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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!