The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council was founded in 1972

The Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council was founded in 1972, and was formally incorporated as a non-profit organization in August 1974. It is the predecessor of all existing Tribal Councils in Canada.

DOTC has experienced many changes and challenges. Throughout these experiences, DOTC has evolved to integrate and adapt in each of the program areas to surpass and fulfill obligations to meet today's standards. It has been the vision and commitment of the DOTC employees, whom work towards the achievements and opportunities available, so our member First Nations can be provided with them today.

The DOTC Head Office was originally established in the City of Brandon but is now located to Long Plain First Nation, situated adjacent to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Satellite offices are now located in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Headingley, Winnipeg, Griswold and on each First Nation within DOTC. Once firmly established, the Tribal Council proceeded in assuming the majority of the programs and services, then controlled by the Brandon Indian Affairs District Office. Over the course of the years that followed, DOTC has gone to assume those latter programs and develop more innovate approaches to meeting the needs of its' Tribal Membership.

The philosophy of the Organization can be reflected in the numerous programs that have been developed by the DOTC and summed up in one statement... "Indian Control of Indian Development"

Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council First Nation Founding Members

The minutes and incorporation documents identify 10 First Nations at the founding meeting. The 10 First Nations were as follows:

  • Birdtail Sioux First Nation
  • Canupawakpa Dakota Nation
  • Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation
  • Dakota Tipi First Nation
  • Long Plain First Nation
  • Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation
  • Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation
  • Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
  • Swan Lake First Nation
  • Tootinaowaziibeeng First Nation (Valley River)
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