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.

February 2020:

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. will be closed on February 28 in observance of Aboriginal Justice Awareness Day. Our offices will re-open on Monday, March 2 at 8:30 am.

January 2020:

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. hosted a Chiefs’ Special Assembly on Health in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Treaty Five Territory, on January 22 and 23, 2020. MKO hosts assemblies several times each year as one of the main ways for Chiefs and their proxies to provide direction to Grand Chief Garrison Settee on the advocacy work they want MKO to carry out on their behalf.

You can find the agenda and more information about this special Assembly here. You can also find information about the resolutions passed at the Assembly here

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

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.

Latest Tweets

Our #MMWIG Liaison Unit is in the process of doing a public tendering for the design & building of a monument to honour Missing & Murdered Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirit people. The monument will be located in #Thompson, Manitoba.

MKO hosted the Youth 4 on 4 Road Hockey Tournament at Winterfest 2020 in #Thompson. This was our fourth year running it. The children always have a blast and the parents are always out to cheer on the kids! #MKONorth


A member of York Factory First Nation, Damian Frazee has spent the last few years working as a locations production assistant & camera assistant trainee on various productions in Winnipeg after taking parts in CBC’s Indigenous New Voices program. #MKONorth

Grand Chief Settee was at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the province and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. The MOU will begin the process of transferring ownership and operations to First Nations in Manitoba for Northern airports in the MKO region.

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Thompson Office

Phone: (204) 677-1600
Fax: (204) 778-7655
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206-55 Selkirk Avenue
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