Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council Is Now Online

June 1, 2015

Brandon, MB – The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council is excited to take the next step in its community strategic plan with today’s official launch of a dedicated BUAPC website.

The site, located at, allows the Council to showcase the important work it has been focusing on since its inception in the strategic areas of education, housing, healthy child development, economic development, employment, collaboration, and promoting a positive profile of Aboriginal people in the Brandon community.

Council Chair Leah LaPlante says the dedicated website will be a valuable outreach tool to link organizational resources and members of the Aboriginal community who may be seeking those resources.

“The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council is formed by a number of community groups and organizations which all have a vested interest in engaging our aboriginal population, so having a centrally-located website where the community can access those various resources will be huge,” LaPlante said. “Our website presence, along with our upcoming community consultations and a conference planned for later this summer, will definitely help in communicating the strong message of our growth within the City of Brandon.”

LaPlante says the Council’s recent hiring of Aboriginal Community Coordinator Jason Gobeil via funding from the Government of Canada's Urban Aboriginal Strategy will also be hugely beneficial in moving forward their work on the development of an Aboriginal Economic Strategic Plan. Gobeil brings to the role an extensive work background in youth employment counselling and as a training counsellor of cultural programming.

“The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council plays a role that is not often seen in the community, but the current energy stemming from the Council's efforts is certainly going shape an exciting economic future among the Aboriginal population in and around Brandon,” Gobeil said. “We want to hear what our Aboriginal community has to say when it comes to growth and development for our local economy and the roles that we can all play in that plan for success.”

Gobeil’s office is located in the City Clerk’s Department on the second floor of Brandon City Hall, 410-9th Street. He can be reached by telephone at 204-729-2462 or by email at

The Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council can also be found on Facebook.