Anishinaabeg and Dakota peoples will assume greater control of their health and wellness, as a result of an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on June 18, 2020 in an innovative virtual ceremony between Southern Chiefs’ Organization and the Government of Canada. The MOU signals the beginning of health transformation for First Nations in southern Manitoba, including equitable access and culturally-appropriate health care for Elders, youth, families, and communities that is central to wellness and the success of Anishinaabeg and Dakota peoples.

The path forward to improved health outcomes for First Nations must include high quality, culturally-safe health systems that are designed by and under the leadership of First Nations. The MOU formalizes both parties’ commitment to a working relationship that will help southern First Nations address gaps in the health care system, and also assist in bringing much needed health care services closer to First Nation communities.

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For more information on Health Transformation, please visit: scoinc.mb.ca/programs/health.

Find out more at http://scoinc.mb.ca/mmiwg/.

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As our Chiefs, health leaders, and community members work diligently to prepare our communities for COVID-19, we ask everyone to take precautions whenever possible to help reduce the spread of this coronavirus.

Did you know you can access financial benefits and support during the COVID-19 outbreak? All First Nations people have access to these financial benefits, regardless of where you live.

Find out more: http://scoinc.mb.ca/covid-19-financial-supports/

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For more information on Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, visit:
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https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1581964230816/1581964277298.

If you are experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, contact the toll-free Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Telephone and online counselling are available in English and on request, in Anishinaabe.

Kids Help Phone: https://kidshelpphone.ca/ offers professional counselling, information, referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support for children and youth. Text CONNECT to 686868.

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Each day until October 4, 2020, #MMIWG Day in Manitoba, SCO will highlight one of the Calls for Justice to remind governments and institutions of their responsibilities. SCO invites all organizations and allies to do the same. Together, let's end this national tragedy. #cdnpoli

Has your status card expired? Or is it about to expire? Wondering if your benefits will still be covered? For answers to these questions and more visit: http://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1578079214611/1578079236012#april-20-c6 or contact our SCO NIHB navigator at NIHB.Navigator@scoinc.mb.ca or 204-946-1869 #NIHB

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For over 20 years, Southern Chiefs' Organization has been front and centre in its work to advocate for southern First Nations in what is now called Manitoba. Read more at SCO in the Media.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg SunManitoba First Nations welcome elimination of birth alerts

Winnipeg Sun-Jul. 4, 2020
Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said the SCO has been advocating for this change for some time. “This is about shifting the resources to helping families, mothers and children get a good start in life. I believe that taking children away from their mothers and families is not the right way to go,” he said on Friday.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Brandon SunSCO, feds reach health-care agreement

Brandon Sun-Jun. 19, 2020
The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and the federal government have reached an agreement over health care intended to place authority in the hands of First Nations.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Gaming PostPallister overstepping on smoking and VLTs, Grand chief says

Winnipeg Free Press-Jun. 19, 2020
IF Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister really cared about First Nations, he’d help them access health care rather than meddle in their affairs by calling for a ban on powwows and smoking in VLT lounges,  the Southern Chiefs' Organization says. "That goes beyond his jurisdiction," said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Winnipeg Free PressSouthern First Nations sign health-care control agreement

Winnipeg Free Press-Jun. 18, 2020
"This is a very important moment in our history," Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said at a Thursday morning signing of a memorandum of understanding with Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Winnipeg Free PressPM plans to push premiers to act against police brutality

Winnipeg Free Press-Jun. 18, 2020
Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels hailed Vandal's comments, saying the issues the minster saw decades ago in Winnipeg actually go back centuries.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg SunFirst Nations health care takes an important 'step forward into future’

Winnipeg Sun-Jun. 18, 2020
The Canadian government and the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday to signal the beginning of health transformation for First Nations in southern Manitoba.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from CTV News'A very powerful moment': SCO signs MOU with Ottawa for health transformation for Manitoba First Nations

CTV News-Jun. 18, 2020
WINNIPEG -- The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Government of Canada on Thursday aimed at transforming healthcare for Manitoba’s southern First Nations.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Brandon SunSCO standing firm on gaming centres, tobacco rebate

Brandon Sun-Jun. 17, 2020
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, who heads the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO), said the move is yet another instance of Pallister overstepping.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Casino ReportsSmoking Ban Threatens Manitoba Tribal Casinos

Casino Reports-June 16, 2020
Southern ChiefsOrganization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels responded to the plans by saying that the government of Manitoba should not interfere with the way Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels responded to the plans by saying that the government of Manitoba should not interfere with the way tribal nations manage their gambling businesses.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CTV NewsFirst Nation chiefs upset over Manitoba Premier's plan to ban smoking in gaming centres

CTV News-June 15, 2020
Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels accuses the Premier of being divisive by raising an old political dispute in an attempt to take jurisdiction away from First Nations in the middle of a pandemic.

Story image for southern chiefs organization from Brandon SunSouthern Chiefs' Organization forges new partnership

Brandon Sun-June 11, 2020
Dozens of people gathered at Macdonald Youth Services in Winnipeg Tuesday to raise the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) flag, publicly signalling a child-welfare partnership between the two organizations.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg SunHuman Rights Tribunal ruling allows First Nations to hold feds accountable for discrimination in CFS

Winnipeg Sun-Jun. 6, 2020
Southern ChiefsOrganization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said the ruling strengthens the intent and impact of previous human rights rulings. “This ruling strengthens the intent and impact of previous human rights rulings.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CTV NewsAdvocates and families await action and answers one year since MMIWG inquiry

CTV News-Jun. 3, 2020
The billboards are part of an awareness campaign by the Southern Chiefs' Organization. Launched a year after the delivery of the final report, it’s aimed at preventing violence.
Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said he hopes the campaign helps raise awareness.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CBC.caIndigenous women 'need to stop always feeling like a target,' says artist behind MMIWG billboards

CBC.ca-Jun. 3, 2020
Billboards part of new public campaign launched by Southern ChiefsOrganization 1 year after MMIWG inquiry. Nelly Gonzalez · CBC News

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg Free PressIndigenous women pushed aside by Ottawa, frustrated inquiry member laments

Winnipeg Free Press-Jun. 3, 2020

The billboards, which were organized by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, will be partnered with bus boards and social media posts. Two are up today, and three more will go up around the city in the coming weeks. "Every facet of society is a part of creating that change, and until we start to take action on that, we won’t see the change," SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said.

Rally to be held Friday outside legislature

Winnipeg Free Press-Jun. 1, 2020

Showing solidarity with those protesting police violence in U.S.
In their pain and loss, the Indigenous and black communities are tragically united, said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, representing 34 First Nation communities in Manitoba. "Indigenous leaders want to lend their voices, and I think there needs to be space for that, but there’s no doubt that it’s time for black leaders to be heard," Daniels said Monday.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg SunFeds providing $75M to support Indigenous people

Winnipeg Sun-May 23, 2020
The federal government will be providing an additional $75 million to organizations that aid Indigenous people living in urban and off-reserve areas.

Story image for The SCO wants more funding for off-reserve First Nation people during pandemic from CTV NewsThe SCO wants more funding for off-reserve First Nation people during pandemic

CTV News-5 hours ago
... Chiefs' Organization (SCO) is asking for more assistance, funding and support for off-reserve First Nations people during the pandemic.

Story image for Southern Chiefs' Organization pressing Ottawa for COVID-19 funds from CTV NewsSouthern Chiefs' Organization pressing Ottawa for COVID-19 funds

Brandon Sun-April 30, 2020
The Southern ChiefsOrganization is calling on Ottawa for more COVID-related funding for urban and off-reserve First Nations people.

Story image for Daniels seeks action on health inequities from Brandon SunDaniels seeks action on health inequities

Brandon Sun-April 28, 2020
So described Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, who said now is the time to act on rectifying long-standing health inequities among 34 ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from APTN NewsNation to Nation: Police shootings, child welfare cuts

APTN News-Apr. 23, 2020
It's just not enough for Jerry Daniels, grand chief of Southern ChiefsOrganization. Daniels is calling for some sort of Indigenous police oversight board of that ...

 

 

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Brandon SunFriendship centres struggling during pandemic

Brandon Sun-Apr. 23, 2020
Jerry Daniels, Grand Chief of the Southern ChiefsOrganization, spoke to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health April 21. (Screenshot).

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from APTN NewsSouthern Manitoba chiefs calling for Indigenous police oversight commission after latest shooting

APTN News-Apr. 21, 2020
Brittany Hobson APTN News The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) in Manitoba is calling for the development of an Indigenous oversight ...

Story image for 'Positively Orwellian': Manitoba accused of retroactively ... from APTN News'Positively Orwellian': Manitoba accused of retroactively erasing history of taking cash from kids in care

APTN News-Apr. 9, 2020
Legislation buried in Manitoba's budget bill aims to cut the legs out from under lawsuits over its collection of “baby bonus” cash for kids in care, ...

Story image for Q&A: Theresa Stevens on abolishing birth alerts southern chiefs from Brandon SunQ&A: Theresa Stevens on abolishing birth alerts

Brandon Sun-Apr. 2, 2020
The Brandon Sun posed a series of questions by email to Southern First Nations Network of Care chief executive officer Theresa Stevens ...

Story image for 'This is wrong': Indigenous leaders criticize Manitoba from CTV News'This is wrong': Indigenous leaders criticize Manitoba ...

CTV News-Apr. 14, 2020
'This is wrong': Indigenous leaders criticize Manitoba government's new bill ... WINNIPEG -- Indigenous leaders are calling out the Manitoba ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CBC.caDeputy PM Chrystia Freeland cool to Manitoba chiefs' request ...

CBC.ca-Mar. 30, 2020

Last week Southern Chiefs Organization asked PM for Cuban doctors to be allowed in to help First Nations. Jorge Barrera · CBC News · Posted: Mar 30, 2020 ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Halifax ExaminerHealthcare lessons from Manitoba's First Nations… and Cuba

Halifax Examiner-Mar. 29, 2020

... Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, which represents 34 First Nations in Manitoba, led a delegation to Havana to meet with Cuban healthcare officials ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CTV NewsFirst Nations leader wants Cuban doctors to help communities ...

CTV News-Mar. 27, 2020
A file image of Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. (Source: CTV News Winnipeg). WINNIPEG -- The head of the Southern Chiefs' Organization is writing to the ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Globalnews.caManitoba Southern Chiefs' Organization declares state of ...

Globalnews.ca-Mar. 17, 2020

Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says it was a prudent step to ensure communities have support and supplies they need.

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Brandon SunSCO declares state of emergency

Brandon Sun-Mar. 18, 2020

The Southern Chiefs' Organization declared a state of emergency Tuesday. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels wants this move to trigger the regional office for ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from APTN NewsSouthern Chiefs Organization declares state of emergency ...

APTN News-Mar. 17, 2020

Darrell Stranger APTN News The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) has declared a state of emergency amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. Grand Chief ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CityNews WinnipegSouthern Chiefs' Organization declares state of emergency

CityNews Winnipeg-Mar. 17, 2020

The Southern Chiefs' Organization has declared a state of emergency. As Mike Albanese reports, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says government support is arriving ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Brandon SunSouthern chiefs work on tax strategy

Brandon Sun-Mar. 12, 2020

The national First Nations Tax Commission's chief commissioner Manny Jules, seen here with Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, helped ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CBC.caManitoba's southern chiefs suspend plans for 7 road ...

CBC.ca-Mar. 6, 2020

Road blockades originally planned for later this month by Manitoba's Southern Chiefs Organization are now being put on hold. The SCO planned seven ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg SunEDITORIAL: SCO can break ground on better health care

Winnipeg Sun-Mar. 6, 2020
The Southern Chiefs Organization recently took a trip to Cuba and they were doing it for their health. Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and other representatives were ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CBC.caManitoba chiefs exploring Cuban offer to send doctors to First ...

CBC.ca-Feb. 28, 2020

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization made the announcement at a media conference Friday in Havana, where a delegation of ...

Manitoba chiefs seek Cuban doctors for First Nations care

Winnipeg Free Press-Feb. 28, 2020

"(Cuba's) doctors perform very well on very limited amount of resources," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization told the Free Press from ...

Manitoba First Nations leaders visit Cuba to discuss health ...

CTV News-Feb. 28, 2020

Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs' Organization, Jerry Daniels, said part of the reason for being down in Cuba was to discuss the potential for having Cuban ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg Free PressMore talk than action on consultation

Winnipeg Free Press-Feb. 26, 2020

"We need to continue to let Manitobans know we haven't been treated as partners," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization said earlier ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from Winnipeg Free PressProvince takes more conciliatory approach with Ottawa on ...

Winnipeg Free Press-Feb. 24, 2020

Lake Manitoba First Nation Chief Cornell McLean, who chairs the six-member ... participated in (along with other Southern Chiefs Organization members) as an ...

Story image for southern chiefs' organization from CityNews WinnipegSCO hold press conference in support of Wet'suwet'en chiefs

CityNews Winnipeg-Feb. 21, 2020

The Southern Chiefs Organization are calling on the government to recognize the rights of first nations people.