For immediate release
July 26, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – As the 40th Annual General Assembly for the Assembly of First Nations wraps up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is issuing the following statement on the upcoming federal election.
“Northern issues require commitments for immediate and long-term sustainable development and implementation in MKO Nations,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “MKO demands real action to address housing, climate change, sustainable energy, investments in education, and improvements in health and wellness.”
“We welcome all discussions with the various parties that are premised on Canada’s obligations to fulfill Treaty-based relationship and that respect our inherent jurisdiction,” Grand Chief Settee continued. “While some progress has been made in the North, much more needs to be done to positively impact the historical funding cuts and policy changes affecting our community.”
In regards to the recently passed Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families, MKO First Nations will continue to uphold the principles and spirit and intent of the MKO First Nation Family Law.