Message from Anishininew Okimawin

 Grand Chief Scott Harper

It gives me great pleasure to present to the people of Anishininew Okimawin the new and updated Anishininew Okimawin and Island Lake Tribal Council Inc. website in association with the member First Nations of Garden Hill, Red Sucker Lake,  St. Theresa Point and  Wasagamack. The four member First Nations along with capable staff of Anishininew Okimawin and Island Lake Tribal Council have initiated, developed and implemented a variety of local and regional support and advisory services in response to the identified needs of the membership.   The Island Lake Tribal Council inc.'s growth and development since 1982 has been the result of many individual's hard work, perseverance and determination and has been supported by the people of Island Lake. We hope that the new Anishininew Okimawin will follow in these footsteps and be a very successful endeavor.  In this website, we have an opportunity to show you what services we provide and outlines a brief introduction of the programs that are available at Anishininew Okimawin and Island Lake Tribal Council inc.

This dedication has enabled us to make a unique contribution to community development in Island Lake.  With your continued support and vision, the future looks bright...





 News and Updates:

March 13, 2023

Signing Ceremony - @ the Legislative Building. Manitoba Vital Statistics Transfer Agreement of Records to National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

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STP Press Release March 10, 2023

Addressing the loss and issues of two youths. We send our condolences and prayers to the families, STP and the neighboring communities affected.

Thank you AMC Grand Chief CATHY MERRICK for your support.


Grand Chief Scott Harper sends his words of wisdom to the Island Lake First Nations Family Services, Winnipeg staff meeting February 10, 2023.


February 6, 2023

Press Conference with Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimaknak (MKO), the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and the Anishininew Okimawin (Island Lake Tribal Council Inc., ILTC)  Re: Manitoba Crown Land Lease and Permit Auction. There was a News release on Jan. 9/23 on "Agricultural Crown Land Lease and Permit Auctions," this may affect our region as well with Mining, Fisheries, Forestry, Hydro, etc. We are opposing what Manitoba is doing, especially without consulting First Nations.

Please see link below for a joint news release in partnership with MKO, SCO and AO, ILTC:

External link opens in new tab or windowFirst Nations Leaders Resolve to Protect Land in Manitoba: AMC, MKO, SCO and ILTC Demand Immediate Stop to Agricultural Crown Lands Lease and Permit Auction


January 31 - February 2, 2023

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs - Special Chiefs Assembly on Health Legislation & UNDRIP.
AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick and AFN Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse Headdress Ceremony.

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January 26, 2023

AFN-RC Cindy Woodhouse in support with AO-GC Scott Harper, STP Chief Elvin Flett, Wasagamack Chief Walter Harper and Wass Elders met with Hon. Doyle Piwniuk Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Initial (intro) meeting for Wasagamack's request for Wasagamack Airport and possibly the connectivity of Island Lake community roads to join together. Next meeting Feb. 9/23 will be have more in detail and with more members to attend.

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January 20, 2023

Transition into Anishininew Family Law meeting at Wass with federal and provincial representatives.

Also, Gifting Ceremony for External link opens in new tab or windowNina Wood and External link opens in new tab or windowRyan L Wood baby ❤

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October 11, 2022

Grand Chief Scott Harper signing Memorandum of Understanding between Harvest Manitoba and Anishininew Okimawin (Island Lake Tribal Council) to deliver services and food to our 4 communities and urban peoples. Food Banks Canada and Nutrition North Canada will also participate in the initiative.


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