The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), representing 32 First Nations communities, was established in 1998 by the Southern Chiefs of Manitoba to protect, preserve, promote and enhance First Nations people’s inherent rights, languages, customs and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.
Three internal governing bodies guide the Grand Chief and Chief of Staff in the day to day operations of the organization. They include: the Chiefs Executive Committee, the Chiefs Finance Committee, and the Chiefs Personnel Committee. All three governing bodies receive direction from and are accountable to the SCO Chiefs in Summit.
The SCO Health Unit was established in response to the high rates of disease occurring within the Southern First Nation communities through a resolution on January 13, 1999 by the SCO Chiefs-in-Summit. Since then, the SCO Health Unit has continued to provide key support areas requested by member First Nations in the areas of: advocacy, advisory, facilitation, communication, policy development, and research. The SCO Health Unit also strives to keep apprised of current health issues and concerns.