About SCO

About Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc.

Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations in what is now southern Manitoba, and more than 83,000 citizens. SCO was established in March 1999. For more information on the 34 communities we represent, check out our interactive map.

Mission Statement

We, the Chiefs of the Southern First Nations of Manitoba, hereby agree to establish an independent political forum to protect, preserve, promote, and enhance First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.


The Southern Chiefs’ Organization is established:

1.1 to assist members First Nations in the advancement and achievement of their goals as mandated by the Chiefs meeting in Summit;

1.2 to provide a common front for initiatives mandated by the Chiefs meeting in Summit;

1.3 to promote and assist member First Nations in providing good government for their First Nations;

1.4 to assist member First Nations in promoting and defending Treaty and Aboriginal rights as mandated by the Chiefs in Summit;

1.5 to assist member First Nations in holding the Crown, and holding the Federal and Provincial governments responsible for the fulfillment of their fiduciary duties and other responsibilities and obligations.

Read more by downloading our SCO Constitution and Accord (PDF)