Chief Harry Cook, Bloodvein First Nation
Chief Jim Bear, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Chief James Swain, Berens River First Nation
Chief Jim Thunder, Buffalo Point First Nation
Chief Lawrence Morrisseau, Fort Alexander First Nation
Chief Arnold Williams, Hollow Water First Nation
Chief Henry Bird, Black River First Nation
Chief John J. Leveque, Little Grand Rapids First Nation
Chief Albert Bittern, Poplar River First Nation
Chief Eugene Courchene, VP, Southeast Region, MIB
CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS & MEMBER COMMUNITIES:
Chief Hartley Everett, Berens River First Nation
Chief Roland Hamilton, Bloodvein River First Nation
Chief Jim Bear, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Chief Larry Barker, Hollow Water First Nation
Chief Sheldon Kent, Black River First Nation
Chief Roy Dunsford, Little Grand Rapids First Nation
Chief Michael Owens, Pauingassi First Nation
Chief Vera Mitchell, Poplar River First Nation
As of January 2016, the total registered population of the eight SERDC First Nation communities was 14,198. The on-reserve population numbered 8,765 while 5,433 members reside off-reserve.
Ojibway/Saulteaux is the dominant language used in these communities however Cree is also spoken.
The eight member communities comprise a land base of approximately 15,821.2 hectares. One of the First Nations has outstanding treaty land entitlement: Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. A majority of the eight communities are situated on the east side of Lake Winnipeg within the Precambrian Shield region of Manitoba. The reserve lands are mostly interspersed with rocky outcroppings. SERDC owns the buildings and lands at its branch office, sub-offices, and the 40-acre site of Southeast College in south Winnipeg.
The eight Bands of SERDC are signatories to the following treaties:Treaty #1 (1871) Brokenhead Treaty #5 (1875) Berens River, Bloodvein, Hollow Water, Black River, Little Grand Rapids, Pauingassi and Poplar River.
AMC (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) SCO (Southern Chiefs’ Organization) AFN (Assembly of First Nations)
AMCC (with DOTC - capital corporation) Nor-Win Construction Co. Ltd. (with ILTC winter road construction)MKO - joint economic development process TCIG - with other Manitoba Tribal Councils
PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
Tribal Council Finance and Administration Advisory Services in the areas of:
- Band Financial Management
- Technical Services
- Housing Advisory
- Social Services Advisory
- Economic Development
- Community Planning
- National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program (NNADAP)
- Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)
- Success Through Advocacy & Role Modeling(STAR)
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Home and Community Care (H&CC)
- Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (ADI)
- Brighter Futures & Building Healthier Communities (BF/BHC)
- National Aboriginal Youth Suicide Prevention Strategy (NAYSPS)
- Community Futures
- Southeast Training & Employment
- Southeast College of the total staff, 87% are Aboriginal employees, and 75% of the employees are from the SERDC.
- High School & Post Secondary Services
Southeast Personal Care Home:
SERDC was awarded the contract for the construction of an 80-bed Personal Care Home for Aboriginal residents in the City of Winnipeg.
South Beach Casino:
South Beach Casino & Resort was opened in May of 2005. This Casino is located at the Brokenhead Ojibway Nation. Seven First Nations from SERDC are involved in this project.
New Direction for SERDC
Over the last few years, some of our First Nations have taken over program delivery in various areas, e.g. Poplar River First Nation has taken over local control of education and run their own school; Berens River First Nation and Poplar River First Nation have taken over delivery of their own Student Services. Both Berens River and Brokenhead Ojibway Nation now deliver their own Training & Employment Programs. First Nations take over delivery of services when they feel it is beneficial to their communities. In other areas, because of economies of scale, the First Nations believe it is in their best interests to have Southeast Resource Development Council Corp. deliver the services. Each First Nation will deliver local services at their own pace and in tune with their level of development.