September 16 - 18, 2019

Victoria Inn Hotel 

Winnipeg - MB

Winnipeg is located within Treaty No. 1 Territory, the traditional lands of the Anishinabe (Ojibway), Ininew (Cree),   Oji-Cree, Dene, and Dakota, Birthplace of the Métis Nation and the Heart of the Métis Nation Homeland

Thank you for Attending!

The conference has been a huge success!

On September 2019 we started walking toward a watershed governance plan that includes all of us.

Please stay tuned 




In January 2018, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization with the Red River Basin Commission called upon Indigenous and other Government Leaders to join them in a discussion of water rights within Manitoba, we called this event the “Spirit of Water”. The success of this day created direction to call upon all leaders of the Lake Winnipeg Basin to come together to speak for all, as


Click o the links to watch our Presenters of 2019 One Basin One Governance Conference

Opening Prayer - Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

Vice Chair - RRBC - Gavin van der Linde

Counselor Jeff Browaty

Chief Lee Crowchild from Tsuut'ina Nation

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Elder Daniels - Prayer

Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs - 

Hon. Eileen Clark

Terry Duguid

Jeff Betgar

Bob Sandford

Counselor Mario Swampy

Dr Collen

Rosey Radmanovich


Anthony Johnston, Katherine Finn and Maria Mora

Anthony Johnston, Katherine Finn and Maria Mora

Dr. Richard Grosshans

Chief Lorraine Cobiness

Dr Gordon Goldsborough

Elder Dave Courchene

 Tina Keeper

 Christa Monette TMBCI Water Commissioner.



Grand Chief Jerry Daniels

Southern Chiefs' Organization Inc.

Jerry Daniels is the Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, representing 34 communities in Southern Manitoba. He is a proud member of Long Plain First Nation. More info

Anthony Blair Dreaver Johnston

Mistawasis Nêhiyawak

"I am from and work for Mistawasis. I aspire to be Nêhiyawak.” 

Anthony is a member of and works for his Nation, Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, a Cree community north of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. More info

Chief Arvol Looking Horse

Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe
Cheyenne River Reservation,South Dakota

Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. At the age of 12, he was given the responsibility of... More info

Tina Keeper

Norway House Cree Nation

Tina currently is with the Southern Chiefs’ Organization in Environment Research. She is known for the television series "North of 60", and for serving as a Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Churchill. More info

Denis Paquette and

Carmen Henriquez

Producers and Filmmakers

Carmen and Denis are the producers of Native Planet. Their interests are focused on themes of environmental, economic and social justice. More info

Simon Baker

Host of Native Planet

Born and raised on the Squamish Nation in North Vancouver, B.C., at the tender age of twenty-five, host Simon Baker is already an accomplished screen actor with numerous credits on Canadian TV series and American feature films. More info

Bob Sandford

Water Security Chair - United Nations University

He is also lead author of "Canada in the Global World", a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals. More info

Xakiji Lee Crowchild

Tsuutina Nation

Xakiji Lee Crowchild is the third generation Xakiji following in the footsteps of his father, former Xakiji Gordon Crowchild and his grandfather, former Xakiji David Crowchild whom Crowchild Trail is named after.More info

Dr. Colin Whitfield

School of Environment and Sustainability

Colin Whitfield is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability and the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. More info



September 16 - 18, 2019 Winnipeg - MB


September 16th, 2019


​11:00AM – 9:00PM

Registration Open


Day Tour

Fresh Water Fish Marketing Corporation

Meeting at Victoria Inn at 12:30PM

Departure at 1:00PM


7:00PM – 9:00PM

Welcome Reception 

Cocktails & d'oeuvres 

Evening Presenter
Host Simon Baker & Producer Denis Paquett of Native Planet

Speaking of their world travels and Lake Winnipeg


September 17th, 2019

​Breakfast Provided 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM



Conference Registration Open



Opening Ceremony by Chief Arvol Looking Horse and Paula Looking Horse



Greetings from

Chief Jerry Daniels, Southern Chiefs OrganizationRRBC’s Chair, Mary Scherling



Chief Lee Crowchild

Tsuutina Nation


Refreshment Break


Chief Arvol and Paula Looking Horse

Cheyenne River Reservation









Bob Sandford

Water Security Chair - United Nations University

United Nations perspective on Indigenous Water Rights


Dr. Chris Spence

University of Saskatchewan

Speaking on water science for the Lake Winnipeg Basin


Refreshment Break



Anthony Johnston, Katherine Finn and Maria Mora

Presenting on Mistawasis Nêhiyawak


Grand Chief, Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh

Speaking on Treaty 3, Manitoba & Ontario


Closing Remarks



One Basin One Governance Banquet

We are honored to celebrate the Southern Chief's Organization's 20th Anniversary!

Doors open at 6:00PM


September 18th, 2019


​​Breakfast Provided 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM


8:00AM - 12:00PM

Conference Registration Open



Call to order



Rosey Radmanovich

First Nation Technical Services Advisory Council, Alberta

Merrel Ann Phare

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources / Canadian Commissioner - International Joint Commission



Refreshment Break



Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Niisaachewan
Of Grand Council Treaty 3


Clayton Thomas

Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation







Introductions on breakout sessions



Breakout  sessions



Refreshment Break



Panel Discussion



Closing remarks


Our Indigenous communities within the Lake Winnipeg Basin area have unique perspectives and different experiences surrounding water quality and water management, as we understand, water is sacred.
 The RRBC understands the critical importance of partnering with First Nations and Tribal communities to share perspectives and work on common goals.

The Netley-Libau Marsh is the largest coastal wetland in North America and a critical wildlife/fish habitat area for Lake Winnipeg. This marsh has deteriorated due to a number of primarily anthropogenic factors (caused or influenced by humans) to the point where it is no longer a healthy, functional wetland. Healthy marshes can help filter out nutrient and toxins and improve water quality.


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