Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research (T.A.R.R.) Centre of Manitoba, Inc.

Thomas, 208. York Boats Enroute to Norway House. 1910.  Manitoba Archives. 

Introduction

Established by the National Indian Brotherhood in 1982 as a non-profit research organization, the T.A.R.R. Centre specializes in research related to Treaty Rights, Aboriginal Rights, Treaty Land Entitlement, Claims Policy Reform, First Nation History, Indian Trust Funds and land claims.

Thomas, 130. Our Indians from Berens River to Cross Lake, with Johnny Moore, boss, in front on the right.1910. Manitoba Archives.

Research Program

At the request of, and in consultation with a First Nation, T.A.R.R. will research and develop specific claims such as reserve land surrenders, reserve land alienation, the administration of Indian Trust funds and Treaty land entitlements. The T.A.R.R. Centre’s services are provided at no charge to its member First Nations. The T.A.R.R. Centre will work with a First Nation to explore all available options that may lead to a resolution of the claim. T.A.R.R. also monitors developments in contemporary First Nations issues such as the application of rights guaranteed in the Treaties, case law on related issues, Indian Act and claims policy reform. The T.A.R.R. Centre receives funding on an annual basis from Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to undertake claims research and development on behalf of its member First Nations.

Thomas, 208.  Indian Children Going to School Fort Churchill. Manitoba Archives. 

Governance Structure

The T.A.R.R. Centre is directly accountable to its member First Nations. The Centre’s Board of Directors is made up of appointees representing each Tribal Council area in Manitoba. Regular fiscal board meetings oversee the Centre’s operations and direction. The T.A.R.R. Centre’s Head Office is located on the Baaskaandibewiziibing Ojibway Nation (Brokenhead).

Thomas, A.V. Norway House women waiting for Treaty payment. 1910.  Manitoba Archives. 

Resource Centre

T.A.R.R. has a large collection of historical material focused mainly on the First Nations of Manitoba. The library contains works on a number of related topics such as the Indian Act, the Treaties, general historical works, etc. Access to the collection is open to the general public. The T.A.R.R. Centre is not a lending library therefore no material will be allowed to leave the Centre. We require a minimum of three business days notice to access T.A.R.R.'s collection or to view paylists. Some of the resources contained in the T.A.R.R. Centre’s collection include: Department of Indian Affairs records [micro-media], Treaty Annuity Paylists, Church Missionary Society records [micro-media], historical records for each First Nation, maps of Indian Reserves in Manitoba and detailed historical photographs.


Please see our Research page for more information on accessing our collection.

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