On December 6, 2018 Fisher River Cree Nation & the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Reconciliation.

Under this co-developed Memorandum of Understanding, the parties will work together to advance FRCN’s vision of self-determination for the benefit of our community.  The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the steps and topics for discussions between both parties with a focus on self-determination and strengthening the treaty relationship.

Negotiated agreements can set out law-making authority in many areas, including: governance, social and economic development, education, health, lands and more. It varies from group to group, depending on their unique needs and priorities and their vision of self-determination.

What is the Reconciliation Project?

Reconciliation’s role is to support Fisher River Cree Nation in advancing a vision of self-determination; enhancing our core governance structure; engaging all members regardless of residency; and fostering a working relationship with all members and entities that is built on trust. As our Nation continues to build a sustainable future for generations to come, community wellness will be of paramount importance.


As part of the Project,  there has been three governance Policy’s and Codes drafted to date for members to review and comment.

FRCN Child & Family Law

Fisher River was successful in securing funding to develop our own Child & Family Law which will serve as our guiding principle.

Commemoration Park

FRCN Leadership along with the Reconciliation Team will be establishing a working group tasked with creating a commemoration park at the site of the old treaty grounds. 

Governance Code

This Code shall be applied to all governance processes and shall be interpreted in a manner consistent with the traditional values and practices of the community.


Any self-government negotiations without provincial participation would be strictly limited to matters within exclusive federal jurisdiction. 

Journey from Fisher River

Journey from Fisher River is one of the valuable resources that will assist in the education for youth and promotion of Fisher River Cree Nation history. 

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FRCN Leadership along with the Knowledge Keepers and the Reconciliation Project team would like to engage FRCN community members in the Reconciliation process by sharing information and receiving feedback. Please submit your contact information (i.e. email, phone number, mailing address) to [email protected] or electronically with the form below if you are interested in obtaining copies of the documents developed as well as schedules for meetings, working groups and activities.

Please indicate your preference of contact. Be assured your information will not be shared with anyone and will not be used for personal solicitation by any band members.

Thank you.

What can you do to help?



Community members will be asked to participate in the development of FRCN policies. It is very important that your thoughts and concerns are voiced. Everyone needs to be heard during this process. Your issues and ideas will help to determine what our community is going to look like for future generations. Community members will also be asked to participate in Working & Focus Groups and the Community Steering Committee (CSC).


Community Steering Committee (CSC)

The CSC is comprised of key members and groups of the Fisher River Cree Nation including Elders, Youth, Community Members along with Chief & Council and Program Managers. The CSC will be responsible for “steering” the project and will be the Negotiation Team’s key source of important information.


Working & Focus Groups

Working & Focus groups will be established for discussions on specific policies as the policies are developed. Please submit your name if you would like to participate in any of the groups as they are created.


Engagement Sessions

Community members do not have to participate in the Steering Committee or Working & Focus groups in order to be heard. All members will have the opportunity to voice concerns and give suggestions. There will be many Community Engagement Sessions and Meetings during this process to ensure nothing is missed when it is time to negotiate with Canada. The Reconciliation Team will continue to visit community members in their homes, as they are invited to do so.

Our Team


Lorne Cochrane

Lead Project Manager

Lorne Cochrane has more than 25 years of increasingly responsible managerial and administrative expertise. He is a visionary who focuses on the big picture while recognizing and being cognizant of the building blocks required to attain the final goals and objectives. As a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Mr. Cochrane is mindful of the challenges faced by First Nations communities. 

Mr. Cochrane has committed his career to the advancement of First Nations issues both at the grassroots and national levels. 


Tanya Cochrane

Local Project Manager

Tanya is of Cree and Dakota ancestry, her home community is Fisher River Cree Nation with family ties to Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. Tanya attend the University of Winnipeg where she graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1994. In 2003, she obtained a Management Development Certificate from Red River College.

Over the course of her career, Tanya has held different positions that contributed to her personal and professional growth such as Assistant Curator of Native Ethnology and Collections Assistant at the Manitoba Museum.

As a Historical Researcher developing Specific Claims for the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Centre, and as an Employment Counsellor/HR & Admin Coordinator for organizations that assist Indigenous people in their search for employment and human resources.


Russell Kirkness

Urban Facilitator


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Leigh Cochrane Memorial Visitors Centre
Box 359 Fisher River, MB R0C1S0

Business hours

Mon – Fri …… 8:30am – 4:30pm
Sat, Sun ....… Closed