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


Chief Norman McKay, Berens River First Nation

Chief Derek Cook, Bloodvein River First Nation

Chief Deborah Smith, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation

Chief Larry Barker, Hollow Water First Nation

Chief Sheldon Kent, Black River First Nation

Chief Raymond Keeper, Little Grand Rapids First Nation

Chief Roddy Owens, Pauingassi First Nation

Chief Vera Mitchell, Poplar River First Nation

As of February 28, 2018, the total registered population of the eight SERDC First Nation communities was 14,897. The on-reserve population numbered 9,356 while 5,537 members reside off-reserve. (Statistics obtained from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada)

Ojibway/Saulteaux is the dominant language used in these communities however Cree is also spoken.

Land Base:
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.

Treaty Affiliation:
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.

Political Affiliations:
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

Tribal Council Finance and Administration Advisory Services in the areas of:

  • Band Financial Management
  • Capital
  • Technical Services
  • Housing Advisory
  • Maintenance
  • Social Services Advisory
  • Economic Development
  • Community Planning

Health Services:

  • 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)

Economic Development:

  • Community Futures
  • Southeast Training & Employment 

Student Services:

  • 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.

Southeast Resource Development Council Corp.
Head Office: Box 30 Scanterbury, Manitoba R0E 1W0
Winnipeg Office: 6th Floor - 360 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0T6