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.
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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 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!
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Please be advised there is a closure of both schools on December 5, 2016. Regular Classes will resume Tuesday, December 6, 2016. There is a debriefing at the OK School on Monday, December 5, 2016, starting at 10:00 PM There will a funeral for our late elder Ila Wood Monday, December 5, 2016 starting at 1:00 PM at the United Church. The Land Designation Information meeting that is scheduled for December 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM is re-scheduled to 3:00 PM at the Gilbert McDonald Arena. All NCN citizens are urged to attend. The Land Designation Referendum is scheduled for December 6, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Everyone is urged to come out and vote. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the NCN Government Office at 204-484-2332. Ekosani.
The event will be held March 10, 11 & 12, 2017 in Nelson House, Manitoba. Entry fee: $750 each team. Team limit: 12 Teams Format: Round robin, two divisions. Deadline for entry: February 28, 2017. Prizes available for winning teams: 1st: $3,000 (plus provincial banner), 2nd: $2,000, 3rd: $1,000. For registration and more information please contact: Lou Moodie at 1-204-307-2243 Terry Linklater at 1-204-307-2246 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more
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
On behalf of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Citizens, Chief and Council, we are pleased to cordially invite you to join us at the Mystery Lake Property Official Urban Reserve Community Celebration.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Mystery Lake Motor Hotel, 58 Cree Road, Thompson, MB
The celebration will include a presentation ceremony followed by entertainment and a feast.
Join us in marking this historic occasion and together we will celebrate this moment. We, the Nisichawayasi Nehetho, within whose traditional territory these lands lie, look forward to building an even brighter socio-economic future with our friends and neighbours in northern Manitoba. We are a progressive Nation that is planning to continue building on the foundation we laid many years ago.
On May 20, 2016 it was officially announced that the Addition to Reserve of 4.21 acres of land at Mystery Lake Hotel Complex was complete. This provided NCN the ability to administer and manage the lands where the hotel is located in Thompson. The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs set apart the Mystery Lake lands as NCN reserve lands in accordance with the federal government’s Additions to Reserve policies. The land is located within NCN’s traditional territory. It currently consists of the NCN-owned Hotel, Trappers Tavern, and two vacant lots.
Kindly R.S.V.P with your response by September 23, 2016 to Councillor Willie Moore (204) 679-3417, email@example.com or Councillor Bonnie Linklater at (204) 679-569, firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your participation.
If there are any off-reserve NCN Citizens residing in Winnipeg that are interested in attending the official urban reserve celebration on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, please call the NCN Government Office at 204-484-2332 or (toll free) 1-888-323-7658 and leave your name and contact information by Monday, September 26, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
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
Click here for more details and to register your spot!
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:
Councillor Bonnie Presentation
Councilor Willie Moore Report
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!
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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.
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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
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
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.
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.
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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:
Interested in working for NCN or NCN-related organizations? Please view our current job opportunities.
Timing of the Constitution and Hydro-related-agreements review process is under discussion by Chief and Council and may result in a new process schedule. Watch for an update.
Any further changes to the draft Constitution resulting from the Round 2 meet and greets will be communicated before a vote.