SCO Hosting 25th Anniversary Gala to Create Scholarships for First Nation Students

April 15, 2024

“As we will reflect on SCO’s remarkable journey, we will create increased opportunities for SCO citizens to access education.” – Grand Chief Daniels



ANISHINAABE AND DAKOTA TERRITORY, MB — The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is pleased to announce our 25th Anniversary Gala, a time to celebrate and reflect on the service and advocacy of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO).

“The Southern Chiefs’ Organization invites you to join us on May 23 as we commemorate our 25th anniversary,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. “As we celebrate a quarter century of advocacy and service, SCO is taking this opportunity to fundraise for a new scholarship for southern First Nation students enrolled in university or college.”

This new scholarship is being created to support students from southern First Nations who are pursuing post-secondary education. In the past 5 years, 18 annual and endowed scholarships have been established and are awarded each year by Indspire, the Winnipeg Foundation, Red River College Polytech, and Brandon University. To date, 90 students have benefited from these scholarships at every university and college in Manitoba. Attendance and sponsorship of the gala will assist in creating this new scholarship in honour of our 25th anniversary!

“Education is key to a better future and prosperous Nations,” stated Youth Chief Tréchelle Bunn of the Birdtail Sioux Dakota Nation. “As someone who has received a scholarship from SCO in the past, I want to encourage all our friends, partners, allies, and supporters to consider attending the gala or purchasing a sponsorship package. I am now attending law school, and I know that access to post-secondary education opens a lot of doors and creates opportunities and hope for our youth. I look forward to seeing everyone at the gala on May 23rd!”

Pictured here: SCO Youth Chief Tréchelle Bunn

The gala is set to take place on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at the RBC Convention Centre on Treaty One Territory in Winnipeg. You can attend by becoming a sponsor or through purchasing tickets. There will be live entertainment, a delicious four-course meal, and an array of special guests to mark this historical milestone.

“This will be an amazing evening to come together to honour the work of SCO and raise funds for our youth who are pursuing their education. We are looking forward to welcoming our Chiefs and Council members, Elders, former SCO leaders, youth, stakeholders, allies, citizens, and others. Together we will reflect on SCO’s legacy, remarkable journey, and promising future to come,” shared Grand Chief Daniels.

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The Southern Chiefs’ Organization represents 34 First Nations and more than 87,000 citizens in what is now southern Manitoba. SCO is an independent political organization that protects, preserves, promotes, and enhances First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, languages, customs, and traditions through the application and implementation of the spirit and intent of the Treaty-making process.

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