The provincial government is making a creative table in the hopes to include more Indigenous governments and organizations regarding legislative issues.

Families minister Rochelle Squires made the announcement on August 4th. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Southern Chiefs’ Organization, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, and the Manitoba Métis Federation have already received invitations to appoint two people to join a technician’s table hosted by the Department of Families.

Collaborative tables are used to help brainstorm solutions that benefit all parties, ensuring that nobody is left out.

"Our government is committed to working collaboratively with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis leadership and communities to address past wrongs and support Indigenous-led solutions in the spirit of reconciliation," notes Squires. "We know that decisions related to matters involving Indigenous children should be led by Indigenous Peoples and we look forward to this opportunity for engagement with those who know best."

This past May, the Court of the Queen's Bench made a decision regarding children's special allowance, which the Manitoba government respects and will not attempt to appeal.

"Solidarity and strategic advocacy by First Nations is a powerful thing," says Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse, Assembly of First Nations. "After many years of struggle, the Manitoba government has finally decided to do the right thing. I commend the Manitoba government for its decision not to appeal this decision."

For the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.