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.

September 23, 2019:

There is still time to register for MKO’s FireSmart Information Forum. It takes place tomorrow (September 24) in Winnipeg from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If you’d like to register, contact:

~Shyanna Lynxleg at [email protected] or by phone at 204-307-2081; OR

~Melissa Fiddler at [email protected] or by phone at 204-612-3038.

This event is FREE for up to two people from each First Nation in Manitoba. #MKONorth



September 18, 2019:

The next election is just over a month away. It happens on October 21, 2019.

People in the Thompson area can learn about candidates running in the Churchill-Keewatinook Aski electoral district by attending this event on Thursday evening, September 19:



September 9, 2019: 

A message from Grand Chief Settee on the eve of the provincial election in Manitoba:

September 5, 2019:

Grand Chief Garrison Settee is encouraging all Indigenous peoples to vote in two upcoming elections this Fall:

  • September 10: Election for the Province of Manitoba
  • October 21: Election for the Government of Canada  

To learn more about how to vote, visit this page.


“I want to remind First Nations citizens that we live in a democratic society. I encourage First Nations people to get involved in both elections.

If you are 18 years old and a resident of Manitoba, you can get involved simply by getting out to a polling station on September 10 and October 21. If you’ve never voted before, consider making plans with a friend or family member to head to the polling station together to cast your ballots.

Voting is a free opportunity to make a difference.” 
~Grand Chief Settee

August 21, 2019:

Grand Chief Garrison Settee and all staff at Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak extend heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of our colleague Joanne Crate. We are deeply saddened by her passing. 

“We hold up kindness and support to Joanne’s family in the coming days and months and in the long term—as the healing and memories strengthen the path forward.” 
~Grand Chief Settee

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.

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There's still time to register for MKO’s FireSmart Info Forum. It takes place tomorrow in #Winnipeg. To register, email [email protected]/call 204-307-2081 OR email [email protected]/call 204-612-3038. This event is FREE for up to 2 people from each FN in MB

URGENT MESSAGE for people who stay at the Forest View Suites North Tower in #THOMPSON: MKO urges all evacuees to report to the Thompson Regional Community Centre at 274 Thompson Dr. S. You *must* register by 6pm TODAY to receive emergency support, including food &accommodation.

Statement from Chief Eric Redhead on the Passing of a Two-Year-Old Child in Shamattawa First Nation: #MKONorth #ShamattawaFirstNation

Grand Chief Garrison Settee sends warm wishes and congratulations on behalf of MKO to Christian Sinclair on his re-election as Chief of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
#MKONorth #OpaskwayakCreeNation

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