Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples' Council (BUAPC)
BUAPC is comprised of leadership from influential Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, institutions and governments, as well as four citizens at large. Created in 2010 by Brandon’s city council, it is the result of a recommendation by the city’s Task Force on Aboriginal Issues. BUAPC members represent the Manitoba Metis Federation Southwest Region, Assiniboine Community College, Brandon University, the Brandon School Division (administration and trustees), City of Brandon (council and corporate), Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council, the Brandon Friendship Centre and Prairie Mountain Health. BUAPC has one staff.
BUAPC's mandate includes:
- developing and maintaining a positive relationship with individuals, groups, agencies, organizations, orders of government, etc., who are addressing issues of concern to Urban Indigenous people;
- assisting the efforts of other agencies, organizations, etc., who are addressing issues of concern to Urband Indigenous people; and
- liaising with City of Brandon staff through the Office of the City Manager in support and development of policies, programs and other initiatives that will seek to address issues of concern to Indigenous people.
Truth and Reconciliation Week Planning Committee
After the inaugural Truth and Reconciliation Week held in 2021, debriefs with key Indigenous participants led to the recommendation that BUAPC form a planning committee for the 2022 week-long event.
The committee is in place to ensure that the goals of Truth and Reconciliation Week are met. Everyone who is part of the committee is passionate about their role in moving reconciliation forward – whether Indigenous or non-Indigenous. The work the committee does together serves as an example of what BUAPC and the Brandon community at large can accomplish together.
BUAPC is built on partnership and the committee also reflects this very basic principle.
The planning committee is comprised of:
- Florence Halcrow (Ask Auntie Program, Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation)
- Tim Bone (lead Firekeeper, Cante Waste Akicita Men's Group)
- James Montgomery (Riverbank Discovery Centre staff)
- Jeanine Pelletier (BUAPC chairperson)
- Debbie Huntinghawk (BUAPC citizen member, Friendship Centre)
- Simon Richard (BUAPC citizen member)
- Kris Desjarlais (BUAPC Assiniboine Community College member)
- Michelle Bessette (Brandon University)
- Ethan Campbell (Manitoba Métis Federation Southwest Region)
- Wakpa McKay (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation)
- Jon Zilkey (Brandon School Division)
- Nicole Koroluk (Brandon School Division)
- Jennifer Ludwig (Brandon Chamber of Commerce)
- Terri Roulette McCartney (Sunrise Credit Union)
- Karen Burton (Westoba Credit Union)
- Buck Bright (Compass Credit Union)
- Amanda Conway (Brandon Police Service)
- Brian Poole (citizen)
- Cara Ladouceur (citizen)
- Candice Kennedy (citizen)
- Michèle LeTourneau (BUAPC staff)