Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

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The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is an organization of First Nations leaders in Manitoba, Canada. The previous Grand Chief was Ron Evans of the Norway House Cree Nation. The current Grand Chief is Derek Nepinak of Pine Creek First Nation.[1]

Former Grand Chiefs include Rod Bushie, who was elected in August 1997 and served until 2000.[2][3][4]


The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs was previously known as the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood. The Manitoba Indian Brotherhood presented their landmark position paper entitled, "Wahbung: Our Tomorrows"—in opposition to then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's 1969 White Paper which proposed the abolition of the Indian Act. The federal government at the time argued that the Indian Act was discriminatory and that the special legal relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian state should be dismantled in favour of equality, in accordance with Trudeau's vision of a "just society." The federal government proposed that by eliminating "Indian" as a distinct legal status, the resulting equality among all Canadians would help resolve the problems faced by Aboriginal peoples. After opposition from many Aboriginal leaders—including the MIB—the white paper was abandoned in 1970.[5][6][7]

See also[edit]

Anishinaabe tribal political organizations


  1. ^ "Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs". Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Former grand chief Rod Bushie dies". Winnipeg Free Press. 2013-06-15. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs slashed by $2M funding cut". Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs comments on Free to Learn". Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Wahbung: Our Tomorrows, October 1971 
  6. ^ Kirkness, Verna (2008), "Wahbung: Our Tomorrows – 37 Years Later", UBC Open Library, Vancouver, BC, retrieved July 13, 2016 
  7. ^ Courchene (Nh Gaani Aki mini—Leading Earth Man), Dave (October 1971), "Wahbung: The Position Paper: a return to the Beginning for our Tomorrows: An Elder’s Perspective" (PDF), Anishnabe Nation, Eagle Clan Sagkeeng First Nation, p. 8, retrieved July 13, 2016 [permanent dead link]

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