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Together We Made History! NCN Becomes First Manitoba First Nation to Adopt Own Constitution

December 2017 – In a special update newsletter Chief and Council remarked, "Congratulations NCN Citizens! We did it together once again! Take a moment to be proud that we are Nisichawayasi Nehthowuk!" A ratification vote was held from Nov. 1 to 29, 2017 and the results show Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation eligible voters have voted in favour of proceeding with the Othasowewin (Constitution). Nearly 84 percent of voters who cast a ballot voted in favour. The voter turnout was close to 37 per cent.

NCN Makes History with a “Yes” vote for the NCN Othasowewin (Constitution) Ratification

The unofficial tally is in and the Nisichawayasihk Cree nation eligible voters have voted in favour of proceeding with the Othasowewin (Constitution). Nearly 84 percent of voters cast a ballot in favour. The voter turnout was close to 37 per cent. Note: The official result will be released at a later date.

View the unofficial results (by poll)

Othasowewin (Constitution) Video

Your Othasowewin (constitution) Vote Counts!


Vote now with the e-vote option. It’s fast, easy and secure!

In-person voting is also available in Winnipeg, Thompson, Leaf Rapids and Nelson House on the following dates:

  • November 20, 2017 Leaf Rapids, Town Center
  • November 21, 2017 Thompson, Mystery Lake Hotel
  • November 23, 2017 Winnipeg, Fairfield Inn & Suites
  • November 28 & 29, 2017 NCN, Gilbert McDonald Arena

All polls will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Not registered to vote yet?
Contact Jacqueline Hunter,
Ratification Officer
Ph/Txt: 204-679-5213
Email: enlightenfirst@gmail.com

Othasowewin (Constitution) Community Consultation Leads to Upcoming Vote

NCN’s Constitution and self-government negotiations are intended to decrease dependence on the federal government and increase our revenues further, while making sure our TREATY and ABORIGINAL RIGHTS are protected and restored. NCN is working to finalize the constitution leading up to the ratification vote this fall.

You Spoke We Listened
Changes to the draft Constitution from the Round 2 have been included in the draft constitution. NCN Chief and Council are encouraging your ongoing support It is essential as NCN takes this next step together toward approval of our own Othasowewin (constitution). Your vote gives NCN a strong voice!

Your Feedback is Requested
NCN Citizens are again invited to provide input using a feedback form that provides Citizens with a way to comment on each chapter of the Constitution.

Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Video

VOTER INFORMATION PACKAGE - Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code)

To view, print or download the Nisichawayasihk ASKI PUMENIKEWIN (NCN Land Code) voter package please click the eight document links below. The voter packages have been sent out to the last known addresses of NCN Citizens on the voting list.

  1. Ratification Vote letter Notice
  2. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Ratification Vote Notice
  3. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) - Final
  4. Nisichawayasi Aski Pumenikewin (Land Code) Land Code Summary
  5. NCN Individual Agreement on First Nations Land Management
  6. Summary of the Individual Agreement between Canada and NCN
  7. Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management - Executive Summary
  8. First Nation Land Management Act - (Bill C-49) - Executive Summary

2017 NCN General Assembly
State of Our Nation Report Newsletter

February 2017 – We have continued to build momentum and over the past year we have started building many new houses as well as repairing many others. We will continue to make improvements to our housing stock this year as well. A number of major infrastructure projects are also in the planning stages including a new women’s shelter, multi-plex, and lagoon. We are also in discussions about a new water treatment plant, community health centre and high school. Read about these highlights, accomplishments and future plans as well as governance initiatives and financial matters in this report.

Read more >

Chief and Council Holds Meetah Building Supplies Accountable

Meetah Building Supplies

At the January NCN Council meeting, when Chief and Council asked the simple question: Why do profits from Meetah seem to be slower this year? The answer reported from one of NCN’s most successful businesses, Meetah Building Supplies Inc. was clear. “Meetah is busier than ever with community development projects and moneys-owed are still coming in,“ said Gert Wilzer, Meetah Building Supplies Manager.

This means that the financial reports show – even though business was steady last year and increased in early 2017 – the balance of revenue will not be fully in the NCN coffers until Meetah is paid what is owed for outstanding work.

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NCN Chief Executive Officer Hired

NCN CHIEF AND COUNCIL, are pleased to welcome and congratulate Kathleen Mckay-Bluesky to her new position as NCN Chief Executive Officer. Kathleen will assume her duties as of July 17, 2017. She will have opportunities to interact, provide guidance and become oriented to our Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation over the coming months. She looks forward to introducing herself to all personnel, management and personnel at NCN organizations. We hope to welcome and greet her with cooperation and courtesy as we build toward a bright future for our Nehetho Nation!

Designation Vote – Community Store
Correcting Misinformation

MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF — November 4, 2016

You elected Chief and Council in 2014 to act in the best interests of NCN. You gave us a mandate to pursue a number of initiatives. We will continue to do what you elected us to do till the next election. Part of the mandate you gave us in 2014 was to build a new store at NCN. The new Three Rivers Store is almost ready to be opened. Unfortunately as we do not have our own Constitution and laws in place yet, we must continue to use the processes in the Indian Act. This requires us to hold what is called a “land designation” vote. In a few months we will also have to have a second land designation vote for our new Mystery Lake reserve lands.

In simple terms, a land designation is the Indian Act process that allows the Minister of Indian Affairs to grant an interest in land such as a lease. Even though we consider ourselves to be a self-governing Nation, INAC conducts this process. They send out the information package and covering letters as well as the ballot.

Unfortunately, some NCN Citizens received a letter with a typographical error in the last line of the covering letter. This is NOT a substantive error as the other information is accurate. Unfortunately, some of our own Citizens have been spreading misinformation about the implications of this typographical error and have been telling our Citizens not to send in their ballots or to vote no. INAC has acknowledged its mistake, and advised that they would address the error at the public meeting on November 8th. READ MORE >

Correction Letter RE: Misinformation

INAC Notice of Referendum — New Store Land Designation

Manitoba Crown / NCN Consultation on Application by Manitoba Hydro for Final Water Power Act Licence for CRD Project

August 2016 – An Open House for NCN Citizens will be held in Nelson House at the United Church on August 9, 1-4 PM and small group session meetings will be held August 10, 9 AM to noon; 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM; and 5-8 PM. The purpose of the meetings is so Manitoba can provide additional information about its licensing process and to review the comments received from NCN Council and Citizens previously to determine if there are any other issues to be added to those already documented. All NCN Citizens are encouraged to attend. Your input is needed.

For more information:
Download/view the NCN Special Update NEWSLETTER – Manitoba Crown / NCN Consultation on Application by Manitoba Hydro for Final Water Power Act Licence for CRD Project

Recap of NCN General Assembly Held June 8, 2016

June 2016 – Chief and Council held a meeting for NCN Citizens at the Gilbert McDonald Arena to discus budget plans, housing development, infrastructure, the new NCN store; urban reserve, personal care home funds, suicide intervention and economic development opportunities. For those members not in attendance, the presentation information is available here:

Main Presentation

Councillor Bonnie Presentation

Councilor Willie Moore Report

NCN Parks and Recreation Video Shows Off Many Great Events Hosted in 2015-16

June 2016 – See an excellent video presented by NCN Parks and Recreation Department at the NCN General Assembly. This showcases many great events that NCN has hosted. NCN is proud of the participants in sports, events and entertainment activities. Get Fit! Have Fun! Play Always!

Watch the video

International Women’s Day Celebrates NCN Women Past and Present

March 2016 – A presentation held at the recent International Women’s Day in Nelson House, featured a moving picture slideshow of the many great women, Elders and girls that have been a part of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Thanks to Councillor Shirley Linklater for preparing the slideshow and the Okawemateh Sakihewewin Circle (English- Women of Heart) for organizing the event.

Watch the video

NCN Consolidated Audit and Schedule of Remuneration of Elected Officials for 2014-15

February 8, 2016 - in accordance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses Chief and Councillors

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Consolidated Financial Statements

ELECTION RESULTS for Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority Board of Trustees

November 26, 2015 - The NCN Electoral Officer has officially announced the Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority (NNCEA) (formerly known as the Nisichawayasihk Education Authority) Board of Trustees for 2015 - 2018 Term of Office.  The election resultsfor vote results and summary of ballots cast are below:

2015 Board of Trustees Vote Summary

2015 Board of Trustees Election Statement of Votes Cast

Important Changes to NCN Income Assistance

October, 2015 - From May 5, 2015 to July 15, 2015, a compliance review team from Indian Affairs came to Nelson House to review the Social Assistance program. As a result, to ensure recipients of social assistance receive ongoing support they are required to: 1) Receive an interview each year to assess their family situation 2) Provide two pieces of identification to put on file 3) Supply an income tax assessment for each year 4) Give personal bank statements and provide proof of assets.

If you own a business, you will be required to provide additional information. To find out more about the new requirements, click here.

Assembly of First Nations Congratulates NCN's Kevin Hart elected as AFN Manitoba Regional Chief!

July 23, 2015 - Nominated by NCN Chief Marcel Moody, Kevin Hart of the Nischawayasihk Cree Nation was elected AFN Manitoba Regional Chief yesterday at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs 27th Annual General Assembly in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba. He will be serving his first term as Regional Chief of Manitoba and was currently working at Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
read more at: READ MORE

Important Updates on PDA Supplement 2, NCN Constitution, Housing and Infrastructure

May 2015 - Information materials have been distributed and are now available to NCN Citizens regarding recent updates to important topics in the community. These topics will be discussed in more detail at the Meet and Greet Meetings. The following update newsletters and information materials are also availble online:

Read the December 2017 issue of Achimowina – NCN's community, government, business, arts and events news. Click here.

View the First Nations Income Assistance Program Policy and Procedures Guide.
Click here (PDF 16 MB)

Off-reserve Assistance Request Form
Click here to print and fill out the form.

Read NCN's detailed Strategic Plan or view a copy of the Strategic Plan Summary.

• NCN Strategic Plan
• NCN Strategic Plan Summary

Report Water Leaks and Check for Drain Blockage

As part of the Housing Authority's and Public WorksDepartment's ongoing six-to ten-week review and audit of household water leaks (started Feb.17), high amounts of grease have been reported in drains and sewer pipes.
NCN Residents are reminded: putting bacon grease; animal fat, or automotive grease down drains can severely clog sewage lines.
This can also cause toilet and sewer line blocks that prevent proper flushing resulting in foul sewage back-up into resident's house and crawl space. Fat, oil and grease should be properly disposed of in the trash and not poured down drains or toilets. The Authority asks for the cooperation of homeowners while the two auditors visit houses to perform the necessary water review – to improve water services in the community.

Contact Carson McDonald, Housing Maintenance Coordinator if you have concerns with drains or leaks: 204-484-2395

NCN Membership Department Reminds Parents to Register Children with NCN Registry

It's important and easy for NCN parents or guardians to take the time to register their child with the NCN registry. When children are not registered, it affects their non-insured health benefits coverage like prescribed medication, dental work, glasses, ambulance service and coverage for medical appointments to Thompson or Winnipeg. Your child depends on you!

Register them today with Melissa Moore, Membership Clerk at the NCN Government Office: 204-484-2332


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