Chris Henderson
Executive Director; Implementation Secretariat, Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba Inc.

The 1997 Manitoba Framework Agreement on Treaty Land Entitlement: 25 years later….

On May 29, 2022, the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee (TLEC) of Manitoba commemorated the 25th year anniversary of the signing of the 1997 Manitoba Framework Agreement on Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE). Initially, the MFA was intended to provide 1.1 million acres of land that would become Reserve land for 21 Entitlement First Nations (EFNs) represented by the TLEC. 25 years later, over 565,000 acres have been set apart as Reserve for 15 EFNs. This presentation will provide an overview of the MFA’s implementation journey in this time of truth and reconciliation.


Chris Henderson is Anishinaabe and a First Nations citizen of the Black River First Nation (signatory to Treaty No. 5) in southeast Manitoba. Chris is currently the Executive Director of the Treaty Land Entitlement Committee of Manitoba’s Implementation Secretariat. He has held this post since April 2010. TLEC’s mission is to provide technical support and assistance to its Member Entitlement First Nations in the implementation of their individual TLE agreements signed under the 1997 MFA. From 2004 to 2007, Chris served as the Southern Grand Chief of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization of Manitoba, at that time representing 36 First Nations in southern Manitoba. Chris possesses his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and his Communications Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing, both from the University of Winnipeg. While at the U of W, Chris was also active in student government serving as Vice-President and President of the First Nations Student Council.