Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Annual Reports

AMC Annual Reports give readers a complete understanding of our association from the current goals and objectives to the full financial picture.

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Families First

Across Manitoba and Canada, Indigenous communities and families are grieving the loss of their daughters, sisters, mothers, cousins and friends. Statistics identify the precise number of Indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered very. According to the 2014 RCMP Report, there were approximately 1,181 MMIWG cases between 1980 and 2012. Manitoba has the third-highest number of incidents of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

This is an epidemic which plagues Canadian society at large. The international community is watching.

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Setting the Foundation for Change

This report is the strategy for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs on child welfare reform. It contains the findings from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Women’s Council Strategic Planning Session on child and family welfare held on March 9 and 10, 2018. 

The Women’s Council oversees the child and family welfare file at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and developed this foundational strategy to assist in navigating the current Manitoba Child and Family Services landscape and to guide further work on the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Government of Canada Memorandum of Understanding on child welfare reform.

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Keewaywin: Our Way Home

Manitoba First Nations Engagement on First Nations Child and Family Services

Keewaywin: Our Way Home, Manitoba First Nations Engagement on First Nations Child and Family Services contains the main findings and recommendations from engagement sessions and meetings with 20 First Nations in Manitoba.

Responding to the highest child apprehension rate in Canada, Manitoba Chiefs-in-Assembly supported a resolution to hold a Special Chiefs Assembly and open forums for concerned First Nation citizens on the topic of First Nation families and child welfare.

The report and its 10 recommendations revealed the current child welfare system in Manitoba is simply an extension of cultural genocide practices found in the residential school system and 60s Scoop. Following review of the report, Manitoba Chiefs-in-Assembly directed the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to develop an action plan to implement report recommendations.

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first and needs-based principle that applies equally to all First Nations children resident on or off reserve. It ensures there is no denial or delay for First Nations children in receiving essential public services that are available to all other children by having the government department of first contact pay for the service.

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Bringing Our Children Home

In 2014, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs explored the child welfare system in Manitoba from the perspective of the people who must deal with the system directly; including children (now adults), parents, grandparents, workers and support service organizations that are established to help the people.

The result of this two-day Open Citizens Forum was the creation of the Bringing Our Children Home report with 10 recommendations that is based on First Nations traditional parenting practices, the protection of cultural identity and prevention rather than apprehension.

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Wahbung: Our Tomorrows

In 1971, the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood, now the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, presented their influential position paper Wahbung: Our Tomorrows to Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau and the Government of Canada.

Manitoba First Nations along with our brothers and sisters in other provinces including Alberta First Nations’ famous Red Paper also presented policy papers that not only rejected Trudeau’s controversial White Paper that was written in 1969, but more importantly expressed our relatives’ views on the direction they wanted to take to become self-determined.

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas often refers to Wahbung: Our Tomorrows and respects what our leaders of those days wanted to accomplish. He upholds the views and recommendations outlined in Wahbung: Our Tomorrows and uses the position paper as a guideline in his leadership.

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Wahbung: Our Tomorrows Imagined

Visions for the Next 50 Years

The Wahbung: Our Tomorrows Imagined initiative seeks to re-energize the movement towards the desired future articulated by Wahbung: Our Tomorrows.

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Wahbanung The Resurgence of Our People: Clearing the Path for Survival

50 Years After Wahbung: Our Tomorrows…

Wahbanung The Resurgence of Our People: Clearing the Path for Our Survival

Wahbung means “Our Tomorrows”, and its root word, Wahbanung, refers to “Going Back to the Beginning” in Anishinabemowin. When we use our language at the beginning of our efforts, we acknowledge the Creator right away with the language given to us, and we notice to non-Indigenous People that the source of our laws and knowledge comes through our languages and our relationship with the Creator.

The process of writing Wahbanung was led by the Pipe, rattle, drum and water ceremony. Our knowledge belongs to everyone, shared by our Knowledge Keepers, as inspired by the Spirit through our ceremonies. We protect our way of life by sharing it, just as we protect our language by speaking it.

Women are the foundation of our families and communities. They are life givers and are gifted to be water carriers. Water connects them to Mother Earth and Grandmother Moon. Women ensure customs and traditions are passed on. They provide guidance to the girls by providing them with responsibilities inside the home. These responsibilities prepare the girls to enter womanhood so that they can learn to provide care for their own families later in life.


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