Manitoba Uske operates as a technical land management body. Uske’s main objective is to provide capacity building, training and expertise in the area of land management for First Nations Lands Managers in Manitoba.
Consequent objectives include developing an on-going communication and networking link of Lands Managers, developing processes for administering lands, and assisting Lands Managers with changes in policies, programs and situations. Manitoba Uske implements these objectives through professional and skill development workshops and to recruit participation from each First Nation in Manitoba.
In December 1998, the former Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), Manitoba Region extended an invitation to First Nations to attend a meeting to establish a lands technical advisory committee. The intent was to create a committee comprised of First Nation representatives with technical expertise in several areas of land management. INAC’s role on the committee was to act as an advisor to the Department and / or other First Nations on technical issues associated with Land Management.
As a result, there was a great interest in exchanging technical information on land management issues and Manitoba Uske was formed.
Manitoba Uske is a non-political organization comprised of Representatives from:
- Department of Indian Affairs Lands Unit
- First Nations with delegated authority (Section 53 & 60) of the Indian Act
- First Nations in Regional Land Administration Program (RLAP)
- First Nation in Reserve Land and Environment Program (RLEMP)
- First Nation Land Management Act (FNLMA)
Mantitoba Uske – The Founding Members
- Morris Sutherland – Peguis Manitoba
- Walter Mentuck – Waywayseecappo First Nation
- Ida McGillivary – Opaskwayak Cree Nation
- Carol Crosby – Buffalo Point First Nation
- Eunice Ross – Roseau River First Nation
- Thomas Myran – Long Plain First Nation
- Tom Shannacappo – Rolling River First Nation