COVID-19 Updates

For the most recent updates on COVID-19, please visit our Updates on COVID-19 page by clicking the button below.

Working with Northern First Nations to maintain, strengthen, protect and develop political, economical, judicial, social, language and cultural, policies, inherent Treaty and Aboriginal rights and to enhance quality of life while advancing the powers, authority and autonomy of Indigenous governments.

May 19, 2020:

Manitoba Hydro Bringing up to 1200 Staff to Northern Manitoba Today Amidst Travel Restrictions and Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is issuing this statement along with the four Cree Nations that have entered into a partnership with Manitoba Hydro in the construction and operation of the Keeyask Generating Station in Northern Manitoba. The four First Nations are: Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Fox Lake Cree Nation, War Lake First Nation, and York Factory Cree Nation.

MKO First Nations have been expressing concerns about Manitoba Hydro’s plans for the Keeyask construction site since March 2020. Manitoba Hydro plans to implement a shift transition starting today, May 19, when 700 current employees at Keeyask will be allowed to leave the site to return home. Manitoba Hydro is starting to bring in up to 1200 new workers to the site. Staff will come from various parts of Canada and the United States, including regions hit hard by COVID-19 such as Quebec, Ontario, and British Columbia.

To read the rest of the media release, please click here. 

May 11, 2020:

Update from Grand Chief Garrison Settee:

Tansi! As Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc., I am writing to provide you with an update on various issues we are dealing with at MKO in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am providing updates on:

  • Recognizing nurses during National Nursing Week
  • The province’s re-opening plan
  • Continuing restrictions for travel to Northern Manitoba
  • Self-identifying as First Nation if you test positive for COVID-19
  • Homelessness and off-reserve members
  • Good news stories

To read the rest of Grand Chief Settee’s update, please click here. 

April 2020:

Did you know? MKO has a COVID-19 webpage where you can find regular updates. Visit the webpage on a regular basis to find information on various funding opportunities; health resources; helpful links; media releases and updates; links to news stories featuring MKOvideo messages; public service announcements; and resources for First Nations. Find Grand Chief Garrison Settee’s special musical message for front line workers on our webpage or on Youtube.

April 20, 2020:

Tune into episode four of Knowledge Keepers on NCI FM – The Spirit of Manitoba on April 20, 22, and 24, 2020, at 5:30 pm featuring Elder Julian Dettanikkeaze from the Northlands Denesuline First Nation in Lac Brochet, who will speak to the resiliency of the Dene.

The episode airs today, Monday, April 20 at 5:30 pm, and will air again on this Wednesday and Friday at the same time.

April 13, 2020:

Tune into episode three of Knowledge Keepers on NCI FM – The Spirit of Manitoba on April 13, 15, and 17, 2020, at 5:30 pm featuring Elder Jack Robinson. He will share Cree family life stories.

The episode airs today, Monday, April 13 at 5:30 pm, and will air again on this Wednesday and Friday at the same time.

April 8, 2020:

MKO and the new health entity Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are sharing information to help First Nations learn more about preventing COVID-19.

Click here to access information on a wide range of mental wellness services that are available for First Nations in Manitoba at this time.

April 1, 2020:

MKO and the new health entity Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are sharing information to help First Nations learn more about preventing COVID-19.

Click here to listen to a public service announcement developed especially for people in Northern Manitoba. You may have heard the announcement on the NCI FM radio station.

The public service announcement shares an important message about social distancing. Visit this webpage for more information on COVID-19.

March 20, 2020:

MKO and the new health entity Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are sharing information to help First Nations learn more about preventing COVID-19.

Click here to listen to a public service announcement developed especially for people in Northern Manitoba. You may have heard the announcement on the NCI FM radio station.

The public service announcement shares an important message about hand hygiene. Visit this webpage for more information on COVID-19.

March 12, 2020:

MKO has created a page for Northern First Nations citizens to check for updates on the COVID-19 situation. Click here to visit the webpage.

 

 

January 1, 2020:

 

Grand Chief Garrison Settee shared the following thoughts for the new year:

“In this new year I hope that our First Nations in MKO territory find prosperity and are able to change the economic and political landscape so that they are empowered to rise up to be strong, self-sustaining Nations in areas of child and family wellness, governance, economic development, education, and health transformation. I look forward to continuing to work with MKO First Nations leadership to advocate on behalf of Northern First Nations citizens.”

~Grand Chief Settee wishes everyone a happy and safe new year on behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).

 

August 19, 2019:

The Federal Court has approved a nation-wide class settlement to compensate survivors for harms suffered while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools.

The settlement includes compensation for eligible Survivor Class Members ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 based on the level of harm experienced as well as the creation of a Legacy Fund of $200 million to support commemoration projects, health and wellness projects, and language and culture initiatives.

To be eligible for direct compensation, a person must have attended at least one of the Federal Indian Day Schools or Federal Day Schools funded, managed and controlled by Canada,

Information about how to make a claim will become available on this website in the coming weeks. If you’d like to read more about this settlement on our website, click here

Grand Chief Bulletin

 

January 22, 2019

 

Prior to the opening of today’s Chiefs Assembly on Health Transformation, which is being held in Thompson in Treaty 5 on the traditional territory of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Settee was honoured to be bestowed through ceremony with his Chief’s headdress.  Led by Elder Ed Azure, with support from Chief Marcel Moody of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, the ceremony acknowledged the history, teachings, significance, and responsibilities of the leader bestowed with the traditional headdress.

About MKO
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Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO),
MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a
collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, aboriginal and human rights
for the citizens of the 26 sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO
First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.

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"While we support the ability of Manitoba residents to travel to Northern parks, campgrounds, resorts, lodges, and cabins, we are asking the province to continue prohibiting people from outside of the province to travel to Northern Manitoba."
~#MKONorth Grand Chief Settee

MKO Statement on the Province of Manitoba’s Phase Two Re-Opening Plan

You can find our statement online here: http://mkonation.com/mko-statement-on-the-province-of-manitobas-phase-two-re-opening-plan/ #MKONorth #COVID19MB

New cases reported: 2
Active cases: 14
Recovered cases: 273
Reported deaths: 7
Total cases: 294
For accurate info and to access the #Covid19MB online screening tool, visit http://www.manitoba.ca/covid19. https://twitter.com/MBGovNews/status/1266066819372199936

“Immediate action and tangible outcomes are imperative. Minister Bennett has said the reason for not having the plan is a result of the #COVID19 pandemic, however, the pandemic has highlighted the urgency to develop a national action plan to end the genocide.”
~Grand Chief Settee

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