RRAFN NEWS:

ROSEAU RIVER ANISHINABE FIRST NATION COURT DOCUMENT JUDGEMENT & REASONS DECEMBER 16, 2014 CLICK HERE

ROSEAU RIVER ANISHINABE FIRST NATION GOVERNMENT & ALL OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

ATTENTION: RRAFN TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP - Decision of Justice Dewar dated November 12, 2014

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ROSEAU RIVER ANISHINABE FIRST NATION WILL BE HAVING A COURT HEARING ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 26, 2014 AT 9:00AM AT THE NIICHI GAMING CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION RESERVE - see document below if you need a ride from Winnipeg to Roseau

 

ROSEAU RIVER ANISHINABE FIRST NATION MEMBERSHIP NOTICE

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COMPUTER CLASSES AT GINEW TRAINING CENTER ON RESERVE

CUSTODIAN POSITION FILLED FOR THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE

FWS - MORRIS SLIP - FINAL LIST -

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION MEMBERSHIP ALERT!!! - AUGUST 1, 2014 (Click to Enlarge)

FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS - JULY 31, 2014

FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS - JULY 29, 2014

FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS - JUNE 23, 2014 (click to enlarge)

FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS - MAY 16, 2014 (click to enlarge)

Chief and Council of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation want to form unity with the Custom Council.  We need to work together to make a great community.

On June 13, 2014 the Roseau River First Nation Chief and Council sent out a letter to Custom Council.  To view letters click each letter below. (click to enlarge)

ATTENTION ALL RRAFN TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP

PUBLIC NOTICE

To: ALL RRAFN TRIBAL MEMBERSHIP

Re: RRAFN FINANCES


Due to the recent unilateral actions of the Chairperson and Vice-chair Person

and a member of Council,


ALL BANK ACCOUNTS have been SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


We are also unable to make any Bill Payments (which includes MB Hydro),

we are currently working on it.


We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this has been placed on the RRAFN Tribal Membership.


Thank you,

Chief and Council


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ROSEAU RIVER ANISHINABE FIRST NATION WILL APPEAL PROVINCIAL COURT INJUNCTION THAT TEMPORARILY PLACES DAVID DOER AND KATHY NELSON IN CONTROL OF RED SUN SMOKE SHOP & GAS BAR.

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Re-claims Its Investment on Hwy. 6

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On Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Re-claims Its Investment on Hwy. 6 - Press Conference Thursday, May 1, 2014 at the Kiinu Gaming Centre 10:00 a.m. 

Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Re-claims Its Investment on Hwy. 6

After being wrongfully obtained and operated for years, Red Sun Smoke Shop & Gas Bar Is being returned to its rightful owners - the People of RRAFN


* Press Conference to follow on Thursday, May 1st at 10:00 AM at the former Red Sun Gas Bar Store *


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


April 30, 2014 Winnipeg, MB. – Tonight, the leadership of Roseau River Anishinable First Nation (RRAFN) proudly announces that a great injustice to its community has been corrected with the long-awaited and peaceful re-possession of the Red Sun Smoke Shop and Gas Bar on Hwy. 6.


Earlier this evening, the unauthorized occupants that have been operating the business for their own personal gain were escorted off the premises by RRAFN leadership and under the supervision of the RCMP. The re-possession was performed with the legal authority granted under the Indian Act and supported by the attached Band Council Resolution. The business that was completely paid for by community funding has now been returned to its rightful owners: the people of RRAFN. A re-vitalized, community-owned business will re-open shortly under the name Kiinu Smoke Shop & Gas Bar at the site. However, this time profits generated by the business will benefit all members of the RRAFN community as was originally intended, as opposed to being manipulated to financially benefit a select few individuals.


Historical Reference: In 2007, the Red Sun Smoke Shop and Gas Bar on Hwy. 6 was built with the investment of $ 2.1 Million of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation community money. The business was intended to be the flagship for further economic development on new treaty land entitlements under The Highway 6 Project. But most importantly, the objective of the project was to raise revenue to collectively benefit all members of the RRAFN community – not to create wealth for a select few individuals.

Unfortunately, the proper process that the community established to designate authority to operate a business on RRAFN land was purposely circumvented by past leadership for their own personal gain. As a result, Red Sun Smoke Shop & Gas Bar has been operating without the legal authority required under the Indian Act and the good will of RRAFN governance. During that period, the operating profits of the business have not been shared with RRAFN as was originally intended when the project was conceived.


In 2009, a referendum was held to determine if the community was prepared to allow the Hwy. 6 land (known as Reserve 2b) to be commercially designated. This would provide the legal authority for private individuals to lease the land, operate a business and be entitled to keep all profits from that business. However the community voted not to grant such commercial designation and as such, according to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada: "Regional Officials have reviewed the Indian Lands Registry and note that a lease is not registered against the title. At present, the current occupant does not have a legal interest to either of these lands as authorized under the Indian Act which would otherwise have enabled her to continue business operations and secured the interest of her investors despite changes in leadership. Without a legal interest registered under the Indian Act, her operations remain subject to the continued goodwill of the Band Council."


"The current Band Council of RRAFN wish to clearly state for the record that the good will of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation had long since expired for the occupants of Red Sun Smoke Shop & Gas Bar," says Roseau River Chief Ken Henry.

As such the band has acted accordingly to re-claim their original $ 2.1 Million investment and the business that has been operating without lease designation or property RRAFN authority since 2007.


"The community has spoken and they wanted the trespassers removed and the business returned to the people. I am pleased to advise my community members that we have executed their will and the business that they bought and paid for years ago has been finally returned to them."


RRAFN has several exciting new additions planned for the new store that they believe travelers will greatly appreciate including a state-of-the-art hot food "grab n’ go" program and several product specials. The community plans to continue developing the Hwy. 6 land to offer more services to travelers while helping the community to operate independently of the involvement of 3rd party financial management services.

"We look forward to welcoming all customers to our community-owned store shortly. Never before have the words "under new management" meant so much to so many people," adds Chief Henry.


* Press Conference to follow on Thursday, May 1st at 10:00 AM at the former Red Sun Gas Bar Store *


RRAFN Chief Ken Henry will be available for interviews

Media Contact:

Ken Henry

Chief of Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation

Ph. 204-712-5476

Email: kenhenry.jr@gmail.com

RRAFN General Meeting for Winnipeg Tribal Members will be on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre starting at 5:00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m.

Chief and Council met with Custom Council on Tuesday April 15, 2014 at the Niichi Gaming Centre. 

RRAFN General Meeting will be on Thursday April 3, 2014 at the Niichi Gaming Centre on reserve.

Roseau River Spring Break Activities starting Monday March 31, 2014 on reserve.  Come out also on Sunday March 30, 2014 will be a Round Dance at the Makoons Centre. 

RRAFN held a Broomball Tournament on Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Ginew School grounds.

Youth Coordinator Jaycee Seenie organized the Broomball Tournament and it was a huge success.  Photo courtesy of Jaycee Seenie

Roseau River First Nation Christmas Party 2013

Roseau River First Nation Christmas Parties for the children was a success!  Special thanks from Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services partnering up with Chief and Council to collaborate a great community party.  Which was held at Ginew School and the entertainment was "Sagkeeng's Finest"

The WINNIPEG Christmas Party was a success too, it was held at the Thunderbird House on Christmas Eve Tuesday, December 24 @ 6 -10pm in Winnipeg.

CHIEF AND COUNCIL

FLASH MOB ROUND DANCE AT POLO PARK SHOPPING CENTRE IN WINNIPEG ON FRIDAY DECEMBER 20, 2013.  Everyone is encouraged to show support for Idle No More.

EVENT INFO: CLICK HERE

In Photo: Jo Seenie, Alyssa Wirch, Shannon Buck, Chickadee Richard, Cheryl James

Chief Ken Henry Jr in Gatineau Quebec for the Assembly of First Nations Special Chiefs Meeting December

(Ottawa, ON) -  First Nation leaders, Elders, youth and other delegates from across Canada will gather in Gatineau (QC) December 10-12, 2013 for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Special Chiefs Assembly under the theme “Drawing Strength from Within - Coming Together as Nations for Change.” The Special Chiefs Assembly is a national forum to engage on strategy and action to address the priorities facing First Nation citizens and communities.

Highlights of the Assembly include key discussions and strategy on Comprehensive Claims Reform, Treaty Implementation, First Nations Control of First Nations Education, “Towards a First Nations Energy Strategy”, “Supporting Safety and Security for our People and Communities”, Indian Residential Schools, Youth Engagement, Health and International Priorities.

AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo announced yesterday that he will be participating in memorial services for Madiba Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10.  He will provide opening remarks on Tuesday, December 10 by video at approximately 9:00 a.m.



Chief Ken Henry Jr of Roseau River First Nation and Chief Francine Meeches of Swan Lake in Gatineau Quebec on December 10-12, 2013.

To Watch Webcast Live on December 10 at 9:00a.m: CLICK HERE

Chief Ken Henry Jr, Councillors: Evelyn Patrick, Alfred Hayden, Gary Roberts, Vincent Pierre, Eric Robinson, Victor Pierre meet with Premier Greg Selinger.

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION WINNIPEG WOMEN START A WOMEN'S GROUP FOR THE URBAN CITY MEMBERS - with our Councillor Evelyn Alexander on October 9, 2013 in Winnipeg

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION CHIEF AND COUNCILLOR MEET NATIONAL CHIEF IN OTTAWA OCTOBER 1-3, 2013

Chief Ken Henry Jr is the Chairperson for the D.O.T.C. Chiefs, Executive Committee.

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION WILL BE HAVING THE GENERAL MEETING

Thursday August 29, 2013 Chief and Council will be holding a General Meeting at the Niichi Gaming Centre for all Roseau River First Nation community members to attend.  The meeting will commence at 10 a.m.

Roseau River First Nation Sub-Office - 1 Year Celebration!

It has been almost 1 year since Roseau River First Nation has opened a sub-office in Winnipeg for our community members to finally have there own sub-office to go to for the Winnipeg off reserve membership.   For years many tribal members have been voicing there ideas of our reserve having a sub-office.  This office gives Roseau River First Nation membership easy access instead of going all the way to the main reserve to apply for school, send requests, etc.  Everyone is encouraged to come and celebrate with RRAFN and its staff on Thursday August 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. come to 5th Floor-338 Broadway Avenue in Winnipeg.  For more information contact Heather Thomas at (204) 942-7759.   DOWNLOAD POSTER: CLICK HERE

Roseau River Tribal Members enjoyed a great time with the Chief and its staff at the Roseau River First Nation sub-office in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada.   The food was great, the members were all laughing and having a great time visiting the Chief and its staff and other members who were present.  They had door prizes, jewelry, key chain necklaces done by our local artist Elizabeth Patrick and Norman Antoine.   Next year all the members are encouraged to come out.

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION POW WOW JUNE 21-23, 2013

Roseau River First Nation is having there annual Pow Wow.  Come enjoy the beautiful culture.  Connect and visit with the Canda and USA Pow Wow trail peolple.  The Host Drum is Brown Eagle from Shoal Lake, Ontario.  Enjoy tasting Indian Tacos, Bannock and Soup and Fast Foods.  The grounds is a sacred gathering and enjoy the camping with family and friends.   Camping includes: Porta Pottys, water tank available.  Roseau River First Nation is located 1 hour South of Winnipeg on Highway 75.  You can ask about consession stands by contacting the:

RRAFN Pow Wow Committee on Facebook:

CLICK HERE

Chiefs Call Foul on Manitoba Mines

Chiefs issue statements relating to the unlawful issuance of permits and licenses by the Government of Manitoba. Other Chiefs have put a moratorium on mineral exploration and mining development on their Traditional Territories.

Chief Ken Henry Jr speaks on April 26, 2013 in WInnipeg.  In attendance at the rally was Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Chief Arlan Dumas of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation. 

RRAFN Flood Issues:

Roseau River First Nation is taking flood precautions.  Last major flood was in 1997.  There is a facebook group for tribal members to get updated information: CLICK HERE

Elections was a great turnout on March 14, 2013 in Roseau River First Nation

Congratulations to the new Chief and Councillors: Ken Henry Jr for Chief and Councillors: Gary Roberts, Cecil James, Evelyn Alexander and Alfred Hayden.

DISNEY ON ICE TICKETS FOR OFF-RESERVE RRAFN TRIBAL MEMBERS -

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Family gatherings are always special, take your children out for a nice entertained show called "Disney On Ice" which will be featured on Saturday March 9, 2013 at the MTS Centre.  Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Chief and Council have arranged tickets for the RRAFN Kindergarten to Grade 6 and a parent to see this show.  If you are a tribal member living in Winnipeg, you can go down to the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation sub-office to go register your kids, please bring a copy of your proof of address, medical card, before deadline March 5, 2013. (5th floor, 338 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg)

Chief Ken Henry Jr to speak at Youth Forum Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Winnipeg at the Delta.

As Idle No More and the Indigenous Nations Movement continues to grow across Canada and the world, the Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) youth voice needs to be louder and stronger than ever before.  For the purpose of this Youth Forum, the proposed age requirements will be 13-30, however all grassroots and non-indigenous nations are welcome.  All nations, creeds and genders will be invited to this important forum to engage in the immediate need to educate the youth on the recent Bills being passed through legislation, the creation and goals of Idle No More, Chief Theresa Spence’s Hunger Strike and spiritual awakening, a history of colonization and most importantly youth to youth empowerment and growth and where the movement is going from here.

In agenda is Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Chief Arlan Dumas from Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, Chief Ken Henry Jr Roseau River First Nation and Youth Jerry Daniels of Long Plains, Gabriel Fayant, Clayton Tootoosis Jr. and Trilbee Stirling.

RRAFN GENERAL MEETING HELD ON-RESERVE WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30, 2013 AND IN WINNIPEG ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013

Time for all Roseau River First Nation tribal membership to come out to hear what the current Chief and Council has been doing in office for two years.  Roseau River First Nation Chief and Council will be having their Annual General meeting on Wednesday January 30, 2013 at the Niichi Gaming Center location on reserve for 10:00 a.m. (download agenda)

The Chief and Council will also be having a meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba for its off-reserve tribal membership on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at the Place Louis Reil on 190 Smith Street at 6:00 p.m. (download agenda)

TRIBAL MEMBER HAS A FASHION SHOW FUNDS GOES TO THE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION:

Fashion show held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 located at the Gas Station Theatre in Winnipeg was a success.  The Ojibwe clothing made by Rachel Seenie was showcased at the ELEMENTS OF PINK fashion show.  The tickets sales went towards a good cause.  I believe we need to support our youth and community and raise funds for housing, programs, youth activities, food bank, lunch program, etc. 

KAPYONG BARRACKS:

Our Anishinabe tribal members from the Roseau River First Nation and thier tribal leadership Chief and Councillors are celebrating that a Federal Court judge ruled on Friday December 13, 2012 that Ottawa must inform meaningfully with the four Manitoba First Nations before selling Kapyong Barracks 160 acres of government land located at Kenaston and Grant area in Winnipeg.  

See Winnipeg Free Press Article:

CLICK HERE

 

Eight years, six First Nations have fought the federal government in court, arguing that an 1871 treaty dictates that Ottawa must first offer the land to the First Nations before it pursues other options. In other words, the Aboriginal communities believe they have the right of first refusal on surplus federal land.

Chief Ken Henry Jr sits on AMC Executive Council:

Roseau River First Nation Chief Ken Henry Jr sits on the Executive Council of Chiefs with Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs!

RRAFN Christmas Parties: (On and Off Reserve)

Elders: Mike Paul, Johnny Johnson and Alice Henry enjoying the entertainment

Christmas Photos by RS Talent Search

Saturday, December 15, 2012 The RRAFN on reserve Christmas Party was a great success, good turkey dinner, with clown show, face painting for the kids, pictures with Santa claus and presents for each child(ren). Entertainment singer Kathy Gladue and MC Burnel Henry.

Sunday, December 16, 2012 Winnipeg RRAFN Christmas party had entertainers such as: Comedian Don Burnstick, Ray St.Germaine, Eagle and Hawk, Kathy Gladue and local tribal member child singer Carlos Benevides-Seenie.  Clowns paraded the ballroom at the Victoria Inn with a show and face painting.  The children's eyes lit up when they heard over the intercom that Santa has entered the building.  Each child got to sit on Santa's lap, receive a picture, and present from Santa.  Pictures were printed on site.  Smiles and giggles left the stage after sitting on good ole Santa.  The food was served buffet style and the atomosphere was estonishing!

 

We like to thank the Elders committee, Chief and Council, Coordinator Robin Nelson for the excellent show they provided for our tribal membership.

 

All Photos of children's pics with Santa for the on reserve and Winnipeg Christmas party can be picked up by calling or texting (204) 218-1039 or go to the Roseau River First Nation Group on facebook there is an album on the wall of all pictures from the party.

IDLE NO MORE:

Our Chief Ken Henry Jr. stood with all of our people as our people pushed through the doors of the Legislative building on Broadway on December 10, 2012.  Mayor Sam Katz was in attendance!

Photo by Doug Thomas and Kirk Ferland

MEDIA LINKS:

RRAFN MEMBERSHIP NOTICE - SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 IN PDF FORMAT: click here

ROSEAU RIVER FIRST NATION MEMBERSHIP ALERT - IN PDF FORMAT: CLICK HERE

Gas bar staff forced out over longstanding dispute

FOR FULL STORY IN WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: CLICK HERE