About the Aboriginal Relations Branch

The Aboriginal Relations Branch was established to develop a more positive relationship with the Aboriginal community.
The establishment of this branch acknowledges the need to involve the Aboriginal perspectives in resolving issues while recognizing and integrating their input to ensure effective natural resource management for the department. For the Branch and Department to be truly effective in achieving these objectives it  requires a concentrated effort towards the development of proactive strategies and initiatives. This also requires the Branch to participate and become involved in most aspects of the department programs and planning processes related to forests, lands, water, wildlife, and enforcement.
It is important that this level of commitment be recognized to meet the ever-increasing requirements of the Aboriginal community, non-Aboriginal community, and Manitoba Conservation.

Mission Statement

Mino-wana-gi-to-win, (Anishinaabe) roughly translated into English means “…the whole natural, spiritual, and physical laws of the land.”

Aski-onasowêwina, (Ininew) roughly translated into English means “…natural laws coming from the land.”


The Aboriginal Relations Branch is mandated to:

  • Set the overall direction for the Department for programs, policies, and legislation that impact or may impact Treaty and Aboriginal rights
  • Be accountable for the development and implementation of a departmental framework to address Aboriginal issues as they relates to the Department; and
  • Educate, facilitate dialogue, and bridge opposing views and philosophies.

Manitoba Conservation’s Annual Report


The Aboriginal Relations Branch has a Director and two structures of its organization: the Aboriginal Relations Branch (ARB) and the Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin Secretariat.

Aboriginal Relations Branch
ARB is responsible for providing, developing and maintaining formal and informal processes of communication, facilitation of dialogue, and serve as a bridge between Manitoba Conservation, Aboriginal, and the non-Aboriginal community. ARB is staffed with a Policy Analyst, Heritage Resource Extension Officer and an Administrative Assistant.

Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin Secretariat
Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin (WNO) Secretariat is responsible for providing administrative support to the WNO process. WNO Secretariat is staffed with a Project Manager, Policy Analyst, Resource Planner, Community Liaison and an Administrative Assistant.


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Contact Directory

Aboriginal Relations Branch 
Manitoba Conservation
Box 26 – 200 Saulteaux Crescent
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 3W3
Phone: (204) 945-2821
Fax: (204) 948-2197

Wabanong Nakaygum Okimawin Secretariat
Manitoba Conservation
Suite 405 - 326 Broadway
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 0S5
Phone: (204) 945-8114
Fax: (204) 948-2948