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.

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MKO Grand Chief Settee shares a holiday message

MKO Grand Chief Settee shares a holiday message

To view this post in a PDF format, please click here.   On behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. and our Northern First Nations, I wish you a safe and prosperous holiday season filled with good health, happiness, and optimism. This year has been...

Holiday Office Closure

Holiday Office Closure

The MKO offices in Winnipeg and Thompson will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 21, 2020, until Friday, January 1, 2021. Our offices will re-open on Monday, January 4, 2021, but will remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From all of...

MKO Citizens May Apply to Be a Parliamentary Intern

MKO Citizens May Apply to Be a Parliamentary Intern

Parliamentary Internship Program: Please share this with any MKO citizens who may be interested in this opportunity. The 2021-2022 interns will receive a salary of at least $25,000 for the 10-month program. The program also pays a significant percentage of interns’...

Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. (KIM) – “Breathe” PSA

“Breathe” is Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin’s first video public service announcement which is part of KIM’s multi-phased Immunity Wellness Campaign. The first phase of the health campaign is designed to promote awareness of “minoayawin” (Cree for “wellness”) and to encourage northern First Nations in Manitoba to protect their loved ones through preventative measures such as getting the flu vaccine and promoting self-care.

Click here to open video with YouTube. 

KIM would like to thank to the following for participating in the production of the “Breathe” video (in alphabetical order):

Aidan Wilson, Augustine Tssessaze (aka Modeste Tessessage), Cheryl Moore, CoPilot Collective, Cynthia Boehm, Dacapo Studios, Dr. Barry Lavallee, Darryl Buck, Ed Azure, Elder Jack Robinson, Elder Larry Beardy, Eva Goulet, Jean Merasty, Judy Spence, Kenny Braun, Kevin McKay, Leon Tssessaze, Lou Moodie, Margaret Hart, Moriah Davis, Quinton Dettanikkeaze, Simon Samuels, Sparrow Wilson, Teena Legris, Teyara Braun, Theresa Yetman, and Zippoorah Mercredi.

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.

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

Grand Chief Settee’s open letter to the editor of the Winnipeg Free Press #MKONorth #COVID19Vaccines

“Leadership have always been worried about the disproportionate impact the #COVID19 virus would have on our communities once it arrived in Northern Manitoba. We have multiple ongoing systemic issues we need to address that exacerbate the impact of COVID-19 on our citizens.”

MKO Statement on High Rates of COVID-19 in Northern Manitoba:

Action Needed to Address Ongoing Systemic Issues Impacting the Health of Northern Citizens

Read our full statement here: #MKONorth #COVID19 #Manitoba

MKO, in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada, will be providing services to assist Status First Nations clients in obtaining or renewing their Secure Certificate of Indian Status.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, & 2 references by on Jan. 27.

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