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AMC Partners with City of Brandon to Enhance Support for Urban First Nations

Press Release

July 5, 2024

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) is pleased to announce plans to expand urban First Nations services to the City of Brandon. The AMC welcomes the mayor’s endorsement as this marks an important step towards addressing critical needs and improving the quality of life for First Nations citizens residing in urban areas of Manitoba.

Under this partnership, AMC and the City of Brandon will collaborate to provide a range of essential services designed to meet the specific needs of urban First Nations individuals and families. Key initiatives of this partnership include:

  • Healthcare Advocacy: Ensuring equitable access to healthcare services and advocating for culturally sensitive care.
  • Treaty Card Assistance: Facilitating the process of obtaining and managing treaty cards essential for accessing rights and benefits.
  • Residential Assistance Services: Assisting individuals in securing stable and suitable housing options.
  • Employment Opportunities: Creating pathways to economic empowerment through job training and placement support.

“Working government-to-government to enhance support services for First Nations in Brandon reflects a vision of unity and reconciliation,” said AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick. “This partnership highlights our shared dedication to enhancing the quality of life for urban First Nations Citizens. At AMC, we are fully committed to bringing these services together, ensuring our relatives receive the consistent, high-quality support and care they need.”

“This partnership exemplifies the shared commitment of the City of Brandon and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs to uplift the lives of Urban First Nations peoples. Through collaboration, we can honor individuals with the respect they rightfully deserve. I am enthusiastic about collaborating with Grand Chief Merrick and the AMC to enhance the well-being and services for First Nations people right here in Brandon,” said Mayor Fawcett.

AMC remains dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that address longstanding inequities experienced by urban First Nations. This partnership is critical for uplifting the rights, dignity, and quality of life for First Nations people in and around the Brandon area. Together, AMC and the City of Brandon are committed to strengthening advocacy efforts and amplifying First Nations’ voices in matters crucial to their well-being.

For more information, please contact:

Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba with a total of more than 172,000 First Nations citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anisininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) peoples.



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