SCO in the Media

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.

Brandon event mourns residential school's victims

Winnipeg Free PRess

Themes of truth, love and healing dominated an event to honour residential school survivors at the site of the former Brandon Indian Residential School. The Monday event, called Prayer for the Children, was held at the property in conjunction with National Indigenous Peoples Day, to mourn the children who died at the residential school and similar sites across the country. The event was hosted by Sioux Valley Dakota Nation and the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.

June 22, 2021

Indigenous liaison boosts supports at vaccine site

The Carillon

A Steinbach nursing student is helping to make the city’s vaccination site more accessible to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit clients. Victoria Hickes is one of 22 Indigenous liaisons hired by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization to work at vaccination sites across Manitoba this summer.

June 12, 2021

Manitoba MP to call on Ottawa to recognize residential schools as genocide

Global News

A Manitoba MP intends to call on Ottawa to formally recognize what happened at residential schools as an act of genocide. NDP MP Leah Gazan, who represents Winnipeg Centre, says she will ask for unanimous consent in the House of Commons following question period on Thursday.

June 9, 2021

Grand Chiefs demand direct action from province

Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba's three grand chiefs say they're disappointed in the Pallister government's response to a national reckoning around residential-school burial sites, with other Prairie premiers promising more specific action.

June 9, 2021

Residential school tragedy renews calls for name change

Winnipeg Free Press

DEMAND is growing to remove the Bishop Grandin name from a Winnipeg greenway and boulevard, as outrage spreads across Canada over the tragic toll of residential schools. The City of Winnipeg said it received its first calls to rename the local destinations in 2018, due to Bishop Vital-Justin Grandin’s (1829-1902) support for the residential school system.

June 1, 2021

'We need to get to the truth' Manitoba First Nations call for searches at residential school sites after children's remains found in B.C.

Winnipeg Free Press

Last week's discovery of a mass grave containing the remains of children in British Columbia could spark hundreds of searches across the Prairies, as Manitoba chiefs call on governments to probe the full death toll of residential schools. "The world deserves to know the truth of what exactly happened," said Southern Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. "We shouldn’t be hiding from the truth."

May 31, 2021

Manitoba First Nations react with shock, sadness at discovery of remains at B.C. residential school

Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba First Nations leaders responded with shock, sadness and sincerest condolences, after learning of the discovery of the remains of 215 children on a former residential school site in Kamloops, B.C.

May 30, 2021

Manitoba ICU patient who died before transfer to Ontario identified

CTV News

The ICU patient from Manitoba that died after an attempted medical transfer to Ontario has been identified. The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) said the woman who died was 31-year-old Krystal Mousseau, a mother of two from the Ebb and Flow First Nation.

May 27, 2021

Manitoba government prolongs COVID 19 restrictions for two more weeks

City News

Manitoba is extending its COVID-19 restrictions for another two weeks as hospital capacity remains pushed near the limit. One patient who was being transported to Ontario this week destabilized before takeoff, was brought back to a health care facility and died the following day, health officials said.

May 27, 2021

Mom with COVID19 died after Manitoba tried to transfer her to Onatrio ICU

Global News

Friends and family are mourning the loss of a young mother of two who had COVID-19 and died after a failed attempt to airlift her to a hospital in Ontario. “My sincerest, heartfelt condolences go out to Krystal’s family on the heartbreaking loss of our relation,” Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said in an email statement.

May 27, 2021

Manitoba First Nations leader lashes out at Pallister over COVID failure

Winnipeg Free Press

"The blame for this disaster rests squarely on the shoulders of Premier Pallister and his cabinet," Southern Chiefs Grand Chief Jerry Daniels wrote in a Wednesday news release. "They have let political interests interfere and not followed the science, and that has had deadly consequences."

May 19, 2021

Indigenous influencers tagged for pro-vaccine campaign

Winnipeg Free Press

The campaign will use social media platforms and will partner with First Nations leaders and influencers, people with significant followings on social media platforms, such as Champagne and musician Lenard Sumner.

May 12, 2021

Residential school survivor and author Ted Fontaine has died

CTV News

Theodore (Ted) Fontaine died at the age of 79-years-old. The former chief of Sagkeeng First Nation was among the authors of a book titled 'Did You See Us' which shed light on the life children faced at an urban residential school in Winnipeg.

May 11, 2021

First Nation influencers campaign to encourage vaccinations

Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba First Nations are turning to social media influencers to reach their younger populations to encourage them to get the vaccine. The Protect Our People MB campaign has been launched by the Southern Chiefs Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc., the First Nations Health and Social Secretariat of Manitoba and the provincial government.

May 11, 2021

Manitoba grand chief calls for public inquiry into in-custody death of William Ahmo

CBC News

The organization representing First Nations in southern Manitoba is calling for a public inquiry into the death of William Ahmo, who died while in custody at Headingley Correctional Centre in February.

May 6, 2021

Brutal end behind bars

Winnipeg Free Press

The official narrative of what happened to Will Ahmo — an Indigenous inmate at Headingley Correctional Centre — and how he ended up in a Winnipeg hospital on life support with brain and spinal injuries, is virtually non-existent.

May 4, 2021

Budget billions seek to address history of hardship

Winnipeg Free Press

The federal government's plan to engineer a booming COVID-19 recovery involves channeling billions of dollars to Indigenous communities to rectify decades of socio-economic gaps, and assert autonomy in Manitoba.

April 25, 2021

Tribal councils in Manitoba call on Ottawa to release plan to counter violence against Indigenous women

APTN News

The families and advocates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) are still waiting for a national action plan to implement recommendations from a national inquiry that ended two years ago.

April 9, 2021

Health region responds to racism survey

Brandon Sun

The majority of First Nations people have experienced racism in Manitoba’s health-care system, according to the results of a survey issued by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization. The organization released the report Friday in advance of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination the following day.

March 23, 2021

Many First Nations people in Manitoba experienced racism while accessing care – survey – VIDEO

APTN News

Seventy-two per cent First Nations people polled in Manitoba said they experienced racist treatment first-hand when accessing care – while 80 per cent have witnessed it happen to a loved ones. That’s according to a new survey by the Southern Chiefs' Organization, which suggests a pattern of discrimination, neglect and even abuse. SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says the findings are appalling.

March 22, 2021

Survey shows consistent pattern of discrimination, neglect, abuse of First Nation people in health care

Winnipeg Sun

A new report on experiences of systemic racism in Manitoba’s health care system was released based on findings from the Southern Chiefs’ Organization’s (SCO) Survey on Racism in Health Care. The survey consisted of nine closed-ended and two open-ended questions and was shared online for six weeks in December 2020.

March 20, 2021

Southern Chiefs demands answers, investigation following police response to Indigenous woman in distress

Winnipeg Sun

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling answers and a thorough investigation following Winnipeg Police’s response to an Indigenous woman who was in mental distress and attempted to take her own life in an incident First Nations leaders were calling “disturbing”.

March 20, 2021

Calls for investigation – VIDEO

CityNews

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization is demanding answers from the Winnipeg Police Service after an alleged incident took place between an Indigenous woman in distress and police officers. Alex Karpa reports.

March 20, 2021

First Nations advocate accuses Winnipeg police of mistreating suicidal woman in bridge incident

CBC News

An Indigenous woman was mistreated by Winnipeg police during a mental health crisis earlier this week, an organization representing First Nations people in southern Manitoba says, and they are asking for a full investigation.

March 20, 2021

Peter Nygard has a phone in jail cell for constant contact with legal team, court documents reveal

CBC News

Advocate says that kind of access to outside world not available to everyone Crystal Brown, a community justice development coordinator at Southern Chiefs Organization, which includes 34 First Nations, was frustrated to learn about the accommodations Nygard is afforded behind bars. She said having phone access 16 hours a day shows the different treatment Nygard is getting compared to others in jail.

March 18, 2021

Groups line up to fight Manitoba's proposed anti-protest law

Winnipeg Free Press

A proposed Manitoba law that would restrict the rights of protesters will likely face a court challenge, Indigenous and environmental groups say. Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said Tuesday he believes the government was targeting Indigenous protests when it drafted the bill. "It’s a strategy, obviously, to silence the voices and the views of First Nations people who have been excluded for a very long time from infrastructure strategy and investments in terms of our partnership on a government-to-government basis," Daniels said in an interview.

March 17, 2021

Manitoba Grand Chief forsees legal challenges to critical infrastructure bill

Global News

The Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs Organization says legal challenges to a bill which clamps down on protesting around “critical infrastructure” are almost inevitable. “We have to challenge it at every aspect,” Grand Chief Jerry Daniels told 680 CJOB Tuesday, one day after Bill 57 was revealed at the Manitoba legislature.

March 16, 2021

SCO concerned about the impact of proposed education changes on Indigenous students

CTV News

The head of the Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) is criticizing the Manitoba government’s new education bill, saying it does not address the systemic issues First Nations students in Manitoba are facing in the classroom.

March 16, 2021

First Nation leaders appaled by lack of progress to improve child welfare system

Winnipeg Sun

First Nation leaders are appalled by the recent findings in the Still Waiting: Investigating Child Maltreatment after the Phoenix Sinclair Inquiry, released last week by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth (MACY). Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) urges the province to prioritize the implementation of the five recommendations from the recent report as well as the previous 62 recommendations on improving the child welfare system.

March 16, 2021

Southern Chiefs Organization speaks out on child welfare report

CTV News

The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) is speaking out after a report by the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth found that child maltreatment deaths continue to be a significant concern in the province. SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels is calling on the provincial government to immediately prioritize the implementation of the five recommendations from the report.

March 13, 2021

First Nations stepped up to tackle COVID-19 since first confirmed case a year ago

Winnipeg Sun

First Nations have stepped up tremendously since the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed by Manitoba a year ago. “Today, we mourn the loss of 150 First Nation citizens, and grieve with their families and loved ones,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO).

March 13, 2021

Manitoba's proposed smoking ban 'intrusion' on jurisdiction of First Nations say chiefs

APTN News

The Manitoba government has introduced a bill that would see smoking exemptions in First Nations communities revoked. Indoor public smoking has been banned for a number of years in Manitoba but the ban hasn’t applied to First Nations because they fall under federal jurisdiction. Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said First Nation communities already have limits on smoking in their communities.

March 12, 2021

Stony inmate complained of opiate withdrawal before death: lawyer

Winnipeg Free Press

One day before he was found dead inside Stony Mountain penitentiary, Dwayne Simard told his lawyer he was suffering from opiate withdrawal and thought he was dying. Simard is one of two Sagkeeng First Nation men to die in custody in less than a month. The Southern Chiefs Organization has called for a public inquiry.

March 9, 2021

Hollow Water First Nation hangs red dresses to honour Jana Williams

CBC News

Hollow Water First Nation is coming together to support the family of Jana Williams, 28, whose body was found last week on Alfred Avenue near the Red River in Winnipeg, by hanging red dresses in her honour and organizing a candlelight vigil. Jerry Daniels, grand chief of Southern Chiefs' Organization Inc. (SCO), described what happened to Williams as "absolutely appalling" in an interview with CBC News.

March 9, 2021

Province holding back long-awaited Police Services bill

Winnipeg Sun

The provincial government is holding back their long-awaited Police Services Amendment Act. Jerry Daniels, Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, said the culture needs to be addressed, including sensitivity training and zero tolerance for racism and undertones. He said the issues go beyond just policing and justice, but they need to see tangible action taken.

March 9, 2021

"Welcome development" as inquest called in police-involved fatal shooting of teen

Winnipeg Sun

The leader of the Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) is pleased that Manitoba’s Chief Medical Examiner has ordered an inquest into the death of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson, who was shot and killed by a Winnipeg Police officer last April.

March 6, 2021

First Nations vaccination visits to start mid-March

Brandon Sun

Vaccination teams will begin visiting First Nations communities in Manitoba in mid-March, public health officials announced Friday. In a statement to the media, Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels applauded the announcement. "This announcement is what we have been waiting to hear," said Daniels.

March 6, 2021

Deaths in custody spark call for public inquiry

Winnipeg Free Press

The Southern Chiefs' Organization is calling for a public inquiry, and its leader has criticized the independent investigation process, after the deaths of two incarcerated Sagkeeng First Nation men in less than a month.

March 4, 2021

Survey launched on racism in policing – VIDEO

CTV News

Interview with Grand Chief Daniels

March 1, 2021

Anishinaabe and Dakota chiefs call for inquiry over revelations in Broken Promises investigation

Global News

An advocacy organization representing Anishinaabe and Dakota communities in Manitoba is calling for an inquiry into how the federal government reviews major infrastructure projects on First Nations. The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO), which represents 34 First Nations in the province, says federal officials often force First Nations to work with sub-standard firms in order “to save a few bucks,” especially on key water projects.

February 28, 2021

Southern Chiefs' Organization launches survey to gauge racism in policing in Manitoba

Toronto Star

A survey on experiences of racism in policing by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) was launched to mark Indigenous Justice Awareness Day. The survey is open to all Manitoba First Nations and will report on experiences of racism when dealing with police services across the province.

February 27, 2021

Manitoba chiefs push Ottawa on use of 'sub-standard' contractors

Winnipeg Free Press

Manitoba chiefs say it’s time the Trudeau government put less emphasis on cost when fixing drinking-water systems, or they’ll keep falling into disrepair.

February 25, 2021

Family of Will Ahmo looking for answers into his death at Headingley Correctional Centre

APTN News

The family of a man who died after an altercation with correctional officers is calling for an independent investigation to be done regarding his death. William ‘Will’ Walter Ahmo, 45, from Sagkeeng First Nation north of Winnipeg died Sunday after what’s been called “an incident” with staff at the Headingley provincial jail just outside of Winnipeg.

February 17, 2021

'Our story is all too common': Family calls for inquest into death of inmate at Manitoba jail

CTV News

The family of William Walter Ahmo is speaking out after an incident involving corrections officers left him in hospital where he died a week later. They are calling for an inquest and an independent investigation into his death, a call echoed by the Southern Chiefs' Organization.

February 17, 2021

First Nations immunization site pops up in Winnipeg

Winnipeg Free Press

A pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site in Winnipeg has put its focus on immunizing First Nations health-care workers, knowledge keepers and traditional healers — a first of its kind in the province. "Yesterday’s site opening was the result of many hours of tireless work by a small group of dedicated staff, health experts and front-line workers. They had limited resources but their efforts have created something wonderful and life-saving," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization said Tuesday.

February 9, 2021

Winnipeg vaccine site opens for Indigenous healers, knowledge keepers and First Nations health-care workers

CBC News

A COVID-19 vaccination pop-up site is now open in Winnipeg to immunize health-care workers employed in Manitoba First Nations communities as well as Indigenous traditional healers and knowledge keepers.

February 9, 2021

Manitoba First Nations get vaccination plan details

CTV News

In Winnipeg, a pop-up vaccination site has opened for First Nation Knowledge Keepers, traditional healers and health-care workers. According to the Southern Chiefs Organization, 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be available at the pop-up vaccination sites in Manitoba.

February 9, 2021

First Nations family advocate, chief question why newborns still being apprehended in Manitoba

CBC.ca

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization says despite the province's decision to end the widely criticized use of birth alerts, the child welfare system is still apprehending children — an archaic practice, he says, and something that should only happen after all other avenues have been exhausted.

February 7, 2021

Reserves that assert CFS autonomy not guaranteed tribunal-ordered funding: Ottawa

Winnipeg Free Press

The federal government says it won’t be bound by child-welfare funding obligations for reserves that assert their autonomy over foster care. Ottawa is instead asking First Nations to trust they will get enough cash.

February 4, 2021

First Nations, provincial leaders meet to explore circular economy

Winnipeg Sun

Leaders of the Collaborative Leadership Initiative (CLI) continue to pursue matters of protecting water, reducing waste and creating good jobs in an online conference, ‘Building Strong Communities: A Circular Approach.’

February 4, 2021

Additional 1,200 Moderna vaccine doses made available to Manitoba First Nations: Public health officials

Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba public health officials have confirmed that an additional 1,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine have been made immediately available for further First Nations prioritizations. Doses will be provided to health-care workers in non-remote First Nations communities, First Nations alternative isolation accommodation (AIA) workers and traditional Healers and Knowledge Keepers.

February 1, 2021

Officer cleared in fatal shooting of liquor store robbery suspect

Winnipeg Sun

A Winnipeg police officer who shot and killed a 16-year-old girl following a Liquor Mart robbery last April has been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

January 28, 2021

No charges for Winnipeg officer who shot 16-year-old girl after police chase

CBC.ca

The father of an Indigenous teen killed by a Winnipeg police officer last April is criticizing a police watchdog report, which says no charges are recommended against the officer involved in the fatal shooting.

January 28, 2021

SCO welcomes Beyak's departure

Brandon Sun

The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) says it welcomes the news Sen. Lynn Beyak is leaving the Red Chamber. Announcing her early retirement Monday, ahead of possible expulsion, Beyak said she stands by her controversial statements on residential schools.

January 27, 2021

Southern Chiefs Organization 'appalled' by what happened to Ojibway woman in Alberta hospital

APTN News

An organization representing 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota communities in Manitoba is speaking out after an APTN News story about how an Alberta hospital cared for Lillian Vanasse (Ashley), a member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway Nation. “The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) is appalled by the tragic death of Lillian Vanasse,: said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels in a release sent out Tuesday. “The message is very clear and simple.”

January 26, 2021

Southern chiefs say Pallister's comments on Indigenous leadership are 'dangerous'

CTV News

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is denouncing comments made by Premier Brian Pallister, saying it is “dangerous” to blame Indigenous leaders for the high number of COVID-19 cases in northern Manitoba. On Thursday, Pallister made a comment regarding Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson’s decision to relax restrictions over the holidays and allow visitors in the community.

January 22, 2021

Several First Nations receiving Moderna vaccine

Brandon Sun

First Nations in Manitoba will receive 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine for immediate vaccination, according to a statement from Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels late Wednesday evening.

January 8, 2021

Manitoba shipping 5,300 vaccine doses to First Nations communities

Globalnews.ca

First Nations throughout Manitoba will be receiving doses of the Moderna vaccine as early as Thursday in an attempt to stem the tide of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province said.

January 7, 2021

Vaccines begin rolling out to First Nations communities in Manitoba – VIDEO

APTN News

The first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine rolled out to First Nations communities in Manitoba this morning. Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels joined APTN News to talk about how these vaccines will roll out.

January 7, 2021

Manitoba to begin shipping COVID-19 vaccine to First Nations today

CTV News

According to a statement from Premier Brian Pallister, the province is shipping 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine to support the immunization campaign in all 63 of Manitoba’s First Nation communities.

January 7, 2021

'It's a game-changer': Indigenous leaders encourage communities to line up for COVID-19 vaccine

CBC.ca

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs' Organization of Manitoba agrees on the importance of vaccination, especially for protecting elders and people with compromised immune systems.

January 5, 2021

The Current

CBCListen

Interview with Grand Chief Jerry Daniels; why the Moderna vaccine could be a game-changer for remote communities; how COVID-19 is threatening Uganda’s mountain gorillas; Canadian politicians.

January 5, 2021

Vaccine partnership building bridges between First Nations and Manitoba

Winnipeg Sun

Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in Manitoba this week and 5,300 of the 7,300 will be made immediately available to First Nations.

January 4, 2021

Moderna vaccine headed to First Nations, personal care homes

Brandon Sun

The Moderna vaccine — which requires less stringent measures to keep it viable as compared to the Pfizer vaccine — is arriving in Manitoba and 5,300 of 7,300 doses are destined for First Nations people.

January 2, 2021

5,300 Moderna vaccines will go to First Nations communities starting this week

CBC.ca

Thousands of doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped to First Nations communities around Manitoba, starting as soon as this week, the provincial government announced Thursday.

December 31, 2020

As 1st Manitobans get COVID-19 vaccine, questions linger about distribution, access on First Nations

CBC.ca

Province needs to share decision making on vaccination plans with First Nations, says SCO grand chief. Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, but they were not first in line to get vaccinated when Manitobans started rolling up their sleeves on Wednesday.

December 16, 2020

Indigenous leaders take Manitoba child care funds issue to court

Winnipeg Free Press

Indigenous leaders are joining forces to push back on the Pallister government’s attempt to quash two unresolved lawsuits over the province’s clawback of around $338 million of federal funds meant for children in foster care.

December 16, 2020

Southern Chiefs, MMF launch legal action against provincial gov't over Bill 2

Winnipeg Sun

Monday marked the beginning of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) and the Manitoba Métis Federation’s (MMF) legal battle against Manitoba’s Bill 2.

December 15, 2020

10 pivotal First Nations rights disputes to watch in 2021

Macleans.ca

No region is exempt from the challenge of fulfilling Indigenous rights through action—a challenge that First Nations leaders say non-Indigenous governments have been slow or unwilling to face.

December 15, 2020

'We can make these decisions,' Peguis chief says about relaxed holiday COVID-19 restrictions

CBC.ca

"Peguis has taken a pretty proactive approach, long before the province started moving. I think they had to, and a lot of our communities had to," Grand Chief Jerry Daniels said.

December 15, 2020

Manitoba’s First Nations children face barriers in nearly every socioeconomic factor: report

Globalnews.ca

A damning new report shows First Nations children in Manitoba are facing inequalities in nearly every socioeconomic factor compared to other children.

December 10, 2020

NDP say Manitoba needs COVID-19 vaccine campaign to battle anti-vaxxers.

Winnipeg Sun

“We commend a political leader who listens to the First Peoples of Canada and we have to give credit when it is due,” said Daniels in a press release.

December 9, 2020

Manitoba to receive larger share of Moderna vaccine because of high Indigenous population, premier says

CBC.ca

Manitoba will receive extra doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, expected to be approved by Health Canada soon, because of the higher proportion of First Nations people in the province.

December 8, 2020

Southern Chiefs' Organization claims Pallister is fear mongering over COVID-19 distribution

Toronto Star

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) has expressed that Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has been fear-mongering over the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.

December 3, 2020

First Nations must be front of line for vaccine: minister

Winnipeg Free Press

Premier Brian Pallister’s concern that urban Indigenous people would inundate remote First Nations to get vaccinated for COVID-19, highlights the need to make that population a priority when the vaccine is released, the federal Liberals say.

December 2, 2020

Manitoba chiefs not impressed with premier's warning of exodus to the north to receive COVID-19 vaccine

APTN News

Recent comments made by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister have some First Nations chiefs and organizations accusing the leader of fear mongering over the dispersal of the COVID-19 vaccine.

December 2, 2020

SCO makes urgent appeal to province about COVID spread in jails

Toronto Star

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is making an urgent appeal to the Manitoba Justice Minister Cliff Cullen to address concerns about the increase of COVID-19 infections in Manitoba’s correctional facilities.

December 2, 2020

Southern Chiefs' Organization testing project aims to improve First Nations water quality

Toronto Star

Since 2019, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization’s (SCO) Water Testing project has focused on developing a robust regional water database through testing in their 34 First Nation communities in southern Manitoba.

November 14, 2020

COVID-19 cases climbing among Manitoba First Nations

CTV News

Manitoba’s First Nation communities continue to face more severe outcomes from COVID-19, recent data from the Manitoba First Nations COVID-19 Pandemic Response Coordination Team (PRCT) shows.

November 13, 2020

Southern Chiefs call on province to step up efforts, free up funds to keep Manitobans safe

Winnipeg Sun

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling on the Manitoba government to step up its efforts and free up critically needed funds to keep Manitobans safe during the pandemic. “Let me be very clear, our lives are literally on the line,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels in a press release.

November 7, 2020

Manitoba Indigenous leaders call on province to step up COVID-19 response efforts

Globalnews.ca

Indigenous leaders in Manitoba are calling on the provincial government to do better with their COVID-19 response efforts. This comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations among First Nations communities in Manitoba spikes.

November 3, 2020

First Nations, Métis groups rebuke Pallister government

Brandon Sun

Southern Chiefs’ Organization made "an urgent appeal to all orders of government to free up critically needed funds and to drastically step up their efforts to keep First Nation citizens and all Manitobans safe from COVID-19." "Let me be very clear, our lives are literally on the line," Daniels stated in a news release.

November 3, 2020

SCO grand chief calls on province, feds to commit and fast-track First Nations COVID-19 response funding

CBC.ca

Test positivity rate on First Nations in Manitoba is 11 per cent, Jerry Daniels told CBC News. The organization representing First Nations in southern Manitoba is calling on the provincial government to hold itself accountable for its response to the second wave of COVID-19, and to commit more funding to its pandemic response.

November 2, 2020

Four more COVID deaths, 349 new cases announced Saturday

Winnipeg Sun

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is applauding the federal government’s announcement Friday of $200 million in new funding to provide support to Indigenous Peoples and communities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

November 2, 2020

Attack on harvesting rights taking place across the country InFocus hears

APTN News

Most people are aware of what’s happening in Nova Scotia as Mi’kmaw harvesters exercise their right to fish for a moderate livelihood in the lobster trade. Boats have been burned and sunk, harvesters have been assaulted and harassed by angry mobs, a lobster catch destroyed, traps stolen and most recently a lobster pound was burned to the ground. But what’s happening on the east coast – while headline grabbing – isn’t the only attack on harvesting rights.

October 29, 2020

Manitoba Indigenous leaders stand in solidarity with Mi’kmaw fishers with ceremonial ride in Winnipeg

Globalnews.ca

Indigenous leaders in Manitoba are showing support for Mi’kmaw lobster fishers with a horse spirit ride planned in Winnipeg on Wednesday. Leaders representing the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Southern Chiefs Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, and the Manitoba Metis Federation will all take part in the ride starting at RCMP Headquarters on Portage Avenue at 1 p.m

October 21, 2020

Manitoba First Nations leaders urge citizens to get flu shot

Thompson Citizen

“We are encouraging everyone to take a flu shot if you have the opportunity to do so. Please take the flu shot as soon as you can to avoid getting sicker or having ‘twindemic,’ as they call it,” said Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.

October 21, 2020

Morden, Man., senior hockey team changes derogatory name to Bombers

CBC.ca

Change comes after community pushback about previous name, an offensive term for Indigenous people. A senior hockey team in a small Manitoba city has changed its name following a push against the use of Indigenous names and caricatures as mascots.

October 20, 2020

Controversy over new hunting laws

CityNews Winnipeg

The Province proclaimed new hunting laws today from a bill passed in 2018. As Mike Albanese reports, the Southern Chiefs Organization takes issue with the way collaboration is being handled.

October 9, 2020

Manitoba government and Metis federation battling over moose hunt restrictions

CTV News

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization said he also believes the new restrictions threaten Indigenous rights. “I think right now Brian Pallister doesn’t understand consultation or accommodation because none of them have occurred as it relates to hunting in southern Manitoba,” said Daniels. “Hunting and fishing has been the economy of our communities for millennia.”

October 9, 2020

Anishinaabe woman sends 280 bags of cedar to Little Grand Rapids amid outbreak

CBC.ca

An Anishinaabe woman has been busy gathering a special gift — 280 bags of hand-picked cedar sprigs — to send to Little Grand Rapids First Nation. On Tuesday, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, of the Southern Chief's Organization, told CBC News the community remains in complete lockdown and testing is underway.

October 6, 2020

Indigenous leaders call out provincial gov't over moose hunt restrictions

Winnipeg Sun

“First Nation peoples have been involved in the protection and sustainable harvesting of these lands and natural resources for thousands of years,” said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.

October 3, 2020

Chiefs join fight over moose hunting

Winnipeg Free Press

The Southern Chiefs Organization is calling "bull" on the provincial government’s approach to reopen moose hunting, which they say infringes on their constitutional rights and was done without proper consultation.

October 1, 2020

Death of Atikamekw woman in Quebec hospital draws comparisons to death of Brain Sinclair 12 years earlier

CBC.ca

"While shocking to many in Canada and the rest of the world, this video confirms what First Nation people and communities across the country have been reporting for years," said SCO Grand Chief Jerry Daniels. "No one should ever be subjected to that level of racist treatment. She went to the hospital seeking medical care, and instead was met with insults and judgments purely based on being a First Nation person."

October 1, 2020

SCO wants feds to keep promise on water advisories

Winnipeg Sun

The Southern Chief’s Organization (SCO) is requesting the federal government to keep its promise of ending long-term boil water advisories.

September 30, 2020

Orange Shirt Day shares residential school experience with wide national audience

Globalnews.ca

The Southern Chiefs Organization said in a statement Wednesday that the closure of the Indian Residential Schools Health Support Program (IRS RHSP), scheduled for March of next year, is “heartbreaking.”

September 30, 2020

First Nations worry clean-water promise won't be met

Winnipeg Free Press

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, of the Southern Chiefs Organization, said he’s heard from Ottawa that the spring deadline might not be met. The Liberal government's throne speech last week noted the need to end advisories, but a clear time frame was omitted. Daniels says that a further delay would be unacceptable, and an indication of poor planning and communication between the federal Department of Indigenous Services and the regional departments responsible for water stewardship and infrastructure.

September 29, 2020

Manitoba CFS minister sued over claim $10M lease to house at-risk kids was 'waste of taxpayer money'

CBC.ca

On Sept. 16, Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels held a press conference criticizing that move.

September 29, 2020

$55 million in funding pulled from Northern Manitoba internet network

CTV News

“Given everything that has happened this year – from those working remotely, to school closures and homeschooling, to all who have had to go into isolation – this decision could not have come at a worse time,” said Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization Jerry Daniels in the news release.

September 16, 2020

SCO, Liberals claim mistreatment of children by provincial government

Winnipeg Sun

The Southern Chiefs' Organization (SCO) Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and Manitoba Liberal Leader and MLA for St. Boniface Dougald Lamont held a press conference on Wednesday to discuss the mistreatment of children in care by the Manitoba Government. Both Daniels and Lamont call on the PCs to withdraw the two measures from the budget that denies those who have been wronged by the province for suing for compensation in regards to the care of Child and Family Services (CFS).

September 16, 2020

Southern chiefs, Liberals accuse Manitoba government of withholding millions intended for kids in care

CBC.ca

The Southern Chiefs' Organization is calling the Manitoba government dishonourable in the way it treats vulnerable children in the province. Southern Chiefs' Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels says Brian Pallister's Progressive Conservative government is attempting to present legislation that would prevent the government from being liable for taking hundreds of millions of dollars intended for children in care.

September 16, 2020

Manitoba Liberals allege province using budget as 'get out of jail free' card

CTV News

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba Liberals and Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) is calling on the province to remove two measures from its budget, which they allege undermine vulnerable children.

September 16, 2020

SCO concerned about about sending kids back to school

Brandon Sun

The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO) wants to know who will be held accountable should First Nations students bring COVID-19 from provincial schools home to their reserves.

September 12, 2020

Golf tourney raises more than $70K

Brandon Sun

The third annual golf tournament hosted by the Southern Chiefs’ Organization (SCO) raised more than $70,000 for post-secondary scholarships for Indigenous students. The scholarships will be awarded to students from the 34 SCO-member communities in partnership with Indspire, a national Indigenous charity that invests in the education of First Nations people.

September 4, 2020

Residential school survivors speaking up after historic site designations

Winnipeg Sun

“The residential school system is one of the darkest events in our shared history. First Nation people have had to deal with its destructive effects, which amounted to genocide, for generations, and Survivors and their families continue to deal with the aftermath,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization.

September 3, 2020