O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (OPCN) at South Indian Lake
On December 22, 2005, officials of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, leaders of the community of South Indian Lake, and representatives of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation signed and witnessed final agreements to activate the O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation (OPCN), at South Indian Lake in northern Manitoba. The historic signing was about 100 years in the making. Most of the new OPCN members were once NCN members.
Read more about OPCN’s bid for First Nation status:
- News release to announce official independence
- The July 11, 2005 agreement between NCN and OPCN in respect of OPCN’s independence
- The April 4, 1995 Memorandum of Understanding between the community of South Indian Lake, NCN and the governments of Canada and Manitoba
- Moving Forward Towards an independent First Nation for O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation newsletter, with messages from NCN Chief and Council and then SIL Headman, Chief Chris Baker
- The history of consultations, negotiations and agreements regarding SIL’s bid for First Nation status