Partners & Funders


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

This research partnership brings together representatives from hydro-impacted Indigenous communities, NGOs (legal and social justice, environmental and food), multiple types of non-Indigenous and Indigenous governments, as well as universities in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and the United States. 

We are always interested in building new partnerships and fostering relationships. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved in the research. 


Representation of Wa Ni Ska Tan Partners

(by percentage %)

Formal Partners

University of Manitoba

Environmental Partners

Boreal Action Project
Green Action Centre
Integral Ecology Group
Manitoba Eco-Network
Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition
Manitoba Wildlands
Tides Canada

Food Partners

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

Government Partners

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

Indigenous NGO Partners

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

Social and Legal Partners

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

University Partners

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


Wa Ni Ska Tan is funded by The Tri-Agency.

The Tri-Agency is made up of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). They are a major source of arms-length independent research funding for post-secondary institutions across Canada.

To find out more about how each organization contributes to Wa Ni Ska Tan, click on the individual logos.

We do not accept funding from industry or government.