today we lift up the Honourable Eric Robinson who is the Minister of Aboriginal and
Northern Affairs, Minister charged with the administration of the Community
Economic Development Fund Act and Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro. Thank you for placing MLA
Robinson in this place of influence. You have gifted him with many talents so
that he can be a blessing to his province and reveal your glory. Lead him to
make right decisions during his time in office. Surround him with friends and
advisors who will give him righteous guidance. We pray this in Jesus name.
“I want to connect communities like never before. With modern infrastructure, more jobs and training opportunities and innovations in quality health care, we can make distance and isolation a thing of the past.”
Eric Robinson (Ka-Kee-Nee Konee Pewonee Okimow) is a member of the Cree Nation of Cross Lake First Nation, also known as Pimicikamak Cree Nation, in northern Manitoba. He became a member of the Manitoba Legislature in 1993 and was re-elected in five elections.
In 2009, Eric was appointed deputy premier, minister of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and minister responsible for Sport, for Communities Economic Development Fund, for aboriginal education and for the East Side Road Authority. He has also served as minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism and the minister responsible for Sport and Recreation.
He is a strong leader in both cabinet and caucus, and he has achieved much on behalf of residents in Rupertsland, and he looks forward to providing the same kind of dynamic representation to the people of the new constituency of Kewatinook. Before becoming an MLA, Eric was the former grand councillor of the Four Nations Confederacy of Manitoba. He is considered a leader in his community and is strong voice for First Nations across the province, promoting equality and fairness for all.
More About Eric
- Has worked in radio as a broadcaster and producer, was founder of the Native Media Network and is a published author;
- Played a key role in the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry and the creation of the Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission. He also has been instrumental in the creation of the new Northern Development Strategy;
- Board member of the Ma-Mow-We-Tak Friendship Centre, Aboriginal Court Worker Program and the John Howard Society;
- Volunteer for Aboriginal spiritual programs at both provincial and federal penal institutions and a facilitator and mediator for offender-victim reconciliation in federal institutions;
- Received the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Award in Politics for his work toward ensuring that Aboriginal issues are addressed, embraced and championed in the public sphere, and
- Eric and his wife Catherine have one daughter, Shaneen.