FIRST NATION PROFILE
1.0 TRIBAL GOVERNMENT
The First Nation community is governed by an elected Chief and four Councilors. The First Nation Council is elected under its own Band Custom Election Act and hold office for a three-year term. Council Members are responsible for all funds and programs, administrative and services areas, however each of Council Members are assigned and responsible for certain portfolios. The First Nation Tribal Office is located on the main reserve and Band Council meetings are held every week.
The First Nation Government is affiliated with four First Nation organizations: Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, Southern Chiefs Organization, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations.
2.0 TRIBAL CONSTITUTION
On January 10, 2005, the Long Plain First Nation Tribal Government passed and adopted the Long Plain First Nation Constitution after a positive referendum. The purpose of the constitution was to define the relationship between the Tribal Government and Tribal citizens, the decision making processes, political rules and regulations to govern. The preamble states:
Whereas, The Anishinabe people of the Long Plain Firsts Nation referred to herein as LPFN, have existed in harmony with our land, animals and the Creator since time immemorial;
3.0 TRIBAL ADMINISTRATION
Long Plain Administration Building: Aerial Drone Photo courtesy of Long Plain Lands Department 2016
Long Plain Reserve No. 6 is situated in the south central area of Manitoba, known as the "Central Plains Region". The reserve is located 14 km southwest of Portage La Prairie, and 98 kilometers west of Winnipeg and 10 kilometers south of the TransCanada Highway No. 1. The landscape of the reserve begins along the northwest and southeast banks of the Assiniboine River for approximately five miles and extending three miles west. A portion of the reserve also lies across Assiniboine River.
Source: https://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/resources/native-plants-and-invasive-species/canadas-ecozones, Reformatted by GIS Technicians – LPFN Lands Department 2017
6.0 FIRST NATION LANDS
The Long Plain First Nation (LPFN) lands are known as Ga-Ke-Nush-Koo-De-Ag amongst the Ojibway Tribes of southern Manitoba. The word "Ga-Ke-Nush-Koo-De-Ag" means "long plain" in the Ojibway language and refers to the topography of the lands. Our Ojibway ancestors favoured this area for its long open plains, surrounding forested areas and proximity to the river. The plains were strategic for protection and hunting. This area was used for the summer gatherings and camping purposes. Our people adapted to the seasons and environment by building wood houses for winter and teepees for the summer, gathering foods in different times of the year.
7.0 FIRST NATION LAND BASE
As of July 15, 2016, the First Nation owns 16,615.8 acres of land, 12,786.83 acres has Reserve Status or Crown Status. Of the First Nation lands, 3,827.83 acres is presently in the Addition-to-Reserve process of land conversion to reserve status. These figures include the urban reserve properties, Madison and Portage reserves. The land equals to 25.83 square miles: 19.97 square miles of reserve lands and 5.98 square miles of lands to be converted to reserve status.
8.0 TRIBAL REGISTRY
The Tribal Registry Office is located in the Tribal Administration Office. The Tribal Registry is responsible for the maintenance of the Tribal Members registry, population statistics, births, transfers, divorces, registered deaths, marriages and Bill C-31applications. New Secure Indian Status Cards be applied for at Room 200, 365 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
9.0 POLICE SERVICES
The Dakota Ojibway Police Service provides policing services to Long Plain First Nation. Dakota Ojibway Police Service members maintain and ensure public safety through education, enforcement and the delivery of various crime prevention initiatives. There are currently five (5) members and one (1) detachment clerk posted to Long Plain Detachment. Dakota Ojibway Police Service hires community members to support detachment activities such as guards/matrons and facilities maintenance staff.
10.0 EMERGENCY, FIRE AND SAFETY SERVICES
The Long Plain Fire Department Program provides fire and prevention services for the First Nation community. The Fire Department is equipped two (2) fire trucks, safety equipment and radio communication. The majority of band buildings and homes are serviced with fire hydrants. The Fire Department also coordinates minimum security services mainly for the band-owned businesses on the reserve.
11.0 LAND MANAGEMENT
The main office is now located at the Keeshkeemaquah Reserve in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. The Land Management Office (LMO) manages the reserve lands by conducting environmental assessments, land leasing, property leasing, issuing land use permits, and land use planning. The LMO is involved in every aspect of community development and ensures the lands are appropriately managed.
Room 201, Rufus Prince Building, 5000 Crescent Road West
Box 430, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3B7
Main Office Phone: 204-857-6442 | Main Office Fax: 204-857-6684
12.0 LONG PLAIN RESERVE NO. 6 (KEESHKEEMAQUAH RESERVE)
In May 1981, the Band Government at the time named Short Bear Tribal Council, by Band Council Resolution requested surplus crown lands from the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as part of the outstanding treaty land entitlement owed to Long Plain Reserve.
On August 14, 1981 the 45 acres of Federal Crown land which is located adjacent to the City of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba was transferred to Long Plain Reserve. These lands are described as, In the Province of Manitoba, in Parish of Portage la Prairie, in the Long Plain Reserve No. 6 and being: those portions of River Lots 50, 51, and 52 contained within the limits of Parcel "A" as shown on a Plan of Survey filed in Portage la Prairie Land Titles Office as No. 1212, a copy recorded in the Canada Lands Surveys Records as No. 67767; said Land containing 18.31 hectares or 45 acres more or less.
13.0 MADISON INDIAN RESERVE NO. 1
In 2006, Long Plain First Nation Trust purchased 2.81 acres of prime property in the City of Winnipeg from Manitoba Hydro. The purchase included a 29,427 square foot building, 48,130 square foot asphalt parking lot and additional gravel parking lot of 42,500 square feet.
The property is situated along the 400 block of Madison Street between Silver and St. Mathews Avenue west of the Polo Park Shopping Mall.
14.0 LONG PLAIN FIRST NATION TRUST
In 1994, the First Nation negotiated with Canada to settle the remaining shortfall of unfulfilled reserve lands which were recalculated at 4,169 acres. The shortfall was equated into a dollar amount of 16.5 million dollars which $500,000 be paid for legal fees.
The Long Plain First Nation Trust was created in 1994 and mandated to purchase and acquire a minimum of 4,169 acres of land and a maximum of 26,437 acres of land. Secondly, to negotiate the purchased lands be set aside as a reserve lands. To date, Long Plain First Nation Trust has purchased 5,735.80 acres of additional lands for the First Nation: of the purchased lands 1,907.97 acres has been converted to reserve status; the remaining 3827.83 acres purchased is in fee simple status and to be converted to reserve.
15.0 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada provides annual funding to administer the Community Economic Development on the Long Plain Reserve. The First Nation (LPFN) and Arrowhead Development Corporation contributes to majority of funds towards the LPFN economic development program and projects. As well, Manitoba Hydro Community Development Initiative contributes an annual payment towards community development projects.
16.0 ARROWHEAD DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The Arrowhead Development Corporation (ADC) was established to oversee the current business ventures and explore new business concepts for the First Nation designated lands. ADC is governed by the Board of Directors and staffed by a Chief Executive Officer, Financial Controller and Finance Department, Human Resources Officer, Special Projects Officers (2) and business employees. ADC manages oversees businesses owned and operated on its three reserves; Long Plain Reserve No. 6, Keeshkeemaquah Reserve (Portage la Prairie) and Long Plain Madison Indian Reserve (Winnipeg). Businesses currently managed;
17.0 PUBLIC WORKS
The Public Works Building is located along Dakota Trail. The building is 60' x 232' in size and houses the Bands heavy equipment and the school buses. According to the Asset and Condition Report prepared by Neegan Burnside in 2013, the First Nation has 57.08 kilometers or 32.68 miles of roads and lanes. The non-existent roads not in use are 4.60 kilometers, 47.40 kilometers or 29.62 miles are currently in use and 9.68 kilometers or 6.05 miles of lanes.
Long Plain School was built in 1988 on the Southwest Quarter of Section 22 Township 10 Range 8 WPM along the Yellowquill Trail East Road. The school building is 2,200 square meters or 6,661.8 square feet in size.
19.0 LONG PLAIN POST-SECONDARY PROGRAM
Prior to 1997, the post-secondary was funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada through the Tribal Council and LPFN members entering or applying for post-secondary funding needed to apply through them. In 1997, the First Nation Council gain controlled of its post-secondary program from Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council and began administering the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSEP). Main Responsibilities of the PSEP are to:
The majority of housing on the community is managed by the Long Plain First Nation Housing Authority Ltd. The Housing Authority offices are located at the Long Plain First Nation Administration Office.
Long Plain First Nation Housing Authority Ltd.
111 Yellowquill Trail East, Long Plain Reserve No.6, Box 430 Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, R1N 3B7
Main Office Phone: 204-252-2731
Main Office Fax: 204-252-2012
21.0 LONG PLAIN HEALTH SERVICES
Long Plain Health Services
141 Yellowquill Trail East Long Plain Reserve Box 580, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3B9 Main Office Phone: 204-252-2369 Main Office Fax: 204-252-2898
22.0 EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICES
Long Plain Employment and Training
5010 Crescent Road W, Long Plain Reserve 6B , Box 430 , Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 3B7
Main Office phone: 204-857-7474
Main Office fax: 204-857-7480
Long Plain Employment & Training continues to seek and is committed to developing partnerships to create employment and training opportunities such as the following partnerships.