Who We Are

Wa Ni Ska Tan is made-up of a diverse cross-section of community organizations, universities, and government.  

This partnership brings together representatives from affected Indigenous communities, NGOs (legal and social justice, environmental and food), multiple levels of non-Indigenous and Indigenous governments, universities from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and the United States. 

The work that will be carried out by this research alliance is a great opportunity to affect change in a positive and meaningful way.

Representation of Partners in Wa Ni Ska Tan Alliance

Representation of Partners in Wa Ni Ska Tan Research Alliance

Formal Partners

Manitoba Eco-Network
Boreal Action Project
Green Action Centre
Manitoba Wildlands
Tides Canada

Food Matters Manitoba
Manitoba Alternative Food Research Alliance
Canadian Association for Food Studies

Black River First Nation
Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Swan Lake First Nation
Norway House Cree Nation
Pimicikamak Cree Nation
Province of Manitoba
Four Arrows Regional Health Authority

Justice Seekers of Nelson House
Tommy Thomas Memorial Health Complex and Community Care
Concerned Fox Lake Grassroots Citizens
Community Association of South Indian Lake
Sagkeeng Alliance
Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective
Aki Energy
Center for Indigenous Environmental Resources
Honor the Earth

Interchurch Council on Hydropower
Keewatin Public Interest Research Group
Public Interest Law Centre
Jerch Law
Social Planning Council of Winnipeg

University of Manitoba
Canadian Mennonite University
University of Winnipeg
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Global Institute of Food Security (University of Saskatchewan)
McGill University (Quebec)
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

“December 16th, 2015 marks the 38th birthday of the [northern flood] agreement. And since its inception nothing much has happened but destruction and it’s the destruction that has opened up many eyes of our people.”

- Mervin Garrick, Pimicikamak Cree Nation, Cross Lake

“Our innocence was taken away from that dam.”

- Gerald McKay, Grand Rapids

“Island Lake is not directly affected […] with the dams, electric dams, and our elders teach us that our land is still pristine in the Island Lake communities. We still drink from the water. We’re fortunate to drink from the lake of Island Lake.”

- Byron Beardy , Island Lake

“We need a Truth and Reconciliation look at Manitoba Hydro and what they did.  It goes good with what is happening right now with the residential schools.”

- Viola McKay, Grand Rapids


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Meet Tanjina!

Tanjina Tahsin has recently come from Bangladesh and is a first-year graduate student at the University of Manitoba’s