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  • For Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) or Grand Chief Garrison Settee, please contact Melanie Ferris by phone at 204-612-1284 or by email.
    If you would like to be added or removed to MKO’s media list, email Melanie.
  • For Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin (KIM) or Dr. Barry Lavallee, please contact Annica Ramkissoon by phone at 431-277-6164 or by email.
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JANUARY 2021

January 14: MKO Statement on High Rates of COVID-19 in Northern Manitoba: Action Needed to Address Ongoing Systemic Issues Impacting the Health of Northern Citizens

January 12: MKO Statement on the Arrival of COVID-19 Vaccines in Northern Manitoba 

January 11: MKO Recognizes Chief David Monias of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation for Assisting with Unplanned Home Birth

January 11: Norway House Cree Nation Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines

January 7: Pimicikamak Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines

January 6: MKO Statement on COVID-19 Vaccines for Northern Manitoba

January 5: Statement on Manitoba’s Cabinet Shuffle: MKO Urges Government Leaders to Improve Relationships with First Nations

DECEMBER 2020: 

December 23: MKO Statement on Health Canada’s Approval of the Moderna Vaccine

December 17: MKO Unclear on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans for Northern and Remote First Nations in Manitoba

December 9: MKO Expects Provincial and Federal Governments to Include First Nations Health Experts from Manitoba in COVID-19 Vaccine Planning

December 8: MKO Urges Premier of Manitoba to Issue Public Apology and to Work in Partnership with First Nations on Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine

December 7: MKO Statement on COVID-19 in Northern Manitoba

December 5: MKO Statement on the COVID-19 Outbreak in Shamattawa First Nation

December 3: MKO Statement on the COVID-19 Vaccine in Manitoba

December 3: MKO Implores Canada To Tackle Ongoing Infrastructure Issues Impacting Access to Safe Drinking Water for First Nations

NOVEMBER 2020:

November 9: MKO Statement on Violence Against First Nation Woman in Custody

November 2: First Nations Urge Province of Manitoba to Immediately Declare Keeyask Construction Site as Having an Uncontrolled COVID-19 Outbreak

OCTOBER 2020: 

October 31: First Nations Demand Aggressive Action from Manitoba Hydro: Uncontrolled COVID-19 Outbreak Detected at Keeyask Construction Site

October 30: Sapotaweyak Cree Nation Announces Two COVID-19 Cases: First Nation Moves into Orange (Restricted) Level to Protect Community Members

October 23: MKO Addressing the Supreme Court of Canada in Important Case About Compensation for Crown Government’s Wrongful Flooding and Other Actions

October 22: MKO Responds to New Public Health Orders for Northern Manitoba: Increased Restrictions Coming into Force on Monday, October 26, 2020

October 21: Indigenous Leaders hold Spirit Ride in solidarity with Mi’kmaq Fishers

October 19: First Nation Citizens in Manitoba Urged to Get the Flu Shot: Protecting Ourselves and Our Loved Ones

October 16: Update on COVID-19 at the Thompson YWCA: Potential Exposure from October 4 to 14, 2020

October 15: MKO Expresses Support and Solidarity with the Mi’kmaq Fishers of Nova Scotia

October 13: MKO Concerned with Rising Cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba: Manitoba Residents Encouraged to Remain Vigilant to Reduce the Spread of the Virus

October 9: MKO Statement on Fire Prevention Week: Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

October 9: MKO Encourages First Nations Citizens to Remain Vigilant During Thanksgiving

October 7: MKO’s Response to Manitoba’s Speech from the Throne

October 5: Launch of Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin’s “Breathe” Video PSA Encourages Uptake of Flu Vaccines for Northern First Nations

October 2: Remembering and Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls on October 4

October 1: MKO Statement on the Conservation restrictions on the Aboriginal right to hunt moose in the Porcupine and Duck Mountains

October 1: MKO Sends Condolences to the Family of Joyce Echaquan: Action Needed Now to Protect the Lives of Indigenous Peoples Across Canada

SEPTEMBER 2020:

September 30: MKO Honours Former Students of Residential Schools on Orange Shirt Day

September 28: MKO Statement on Confirmed COVID Cases in Northern First Nations

September 25: First Nations Citizens Encouraged to Keep Manitoba Health Cards Up to Date

September 25: Embracing the Resilience of Our Nations: Advocating for Northern First Nations at MKO’s 39th Annual General Assembly

September 23: MKO’s Response to the Speech from the Throne

September 1: MKO Statement on Historical Announcement about Residential Schools

AUGUST 2020:

August 31: MKO Pleased Public Health Orders Restricting Travel to Northern Manitoba Coming into Effect on September 4, 2020

August 24: MKO Encourages Fishers to Apply for Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program

August 22: MKO and AMC Joint Media Release- Grand Chiefs Urge for Reintroduction of Northern Travel Order

August 18: MKO Statement on the Return to Schools in Northern Manitoba

August 13: MKO Disappointed Manitoba Hydro Plans to Increase Rates for First Nations Customers

August 10: MKO Encourages Northern First Nations to Remain Vigilant Amongst Growing Rates of COVID-19 in Manitoba

August 5: MKO Remembers Kendara Ballantyne: Memorial Walk To Take Place in The Pas One Year After 18-Year-Old Found Deceased

August 5: Supporting First Nations Citizens Experiencing Homelessness: MKO Pleased to Provide Funding to YWCA Thompson

August 1: MKO Urges Province of Manitoba and Northern Health Region to Re-Open Health Clinic in Leaf Rapids Immediately

JULY 2020:

July 30: MKO Demands Action from Via Rail: Citizens of War Lake First Nation Plan Rail Blockade

July 14: MKO to Host March Against Racism in Response to Ongoing Mistreatment of First Nations Citizens at Thompson Walmart

July 8: MKO Condemns Beating of MKO Citizen by Saskatoon Police

July 3: MKO Concerned with Mistreatment of First Nations Citizens at the Thompson Walmart

June 2020: 

June 24: MKO Celebrates Pride with a Special Event in Thompson

June 20: MKO Set to Raise Flag at RCMP’s Thompson Detachment on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

June 20: MKO Celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 10: MKO Concerned about Police Violence Against Indigenous Peoples Across Canada

June 5: MKO Stands in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement

June 4: MKO Responds to Latest Ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal

June 3: MKO Acknowledges Families Survivors and Two Spirited and Gender Diverse People who Shared Their Truths to Create a Pathway for Change

May 2020

May 28: MKO Statement on the Province of Manitoba’s Phase Two Re-Opening Plan

May 27: MKO Urges Federal Government to Move Forward on National Action Plan to Address Violence Against Indigenous Women, Girls, Two Spirit, and Gender-Diverse People

May 24: Agreement Reached for Keeyask Construction Site

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

May 15: Protecting our People from COVID-19: Tataskweyak Cree Nation Implementing Lock Down in Response to Manitoba Hydro Operations

May 15: Sixteen Off-Reserve First Nations Citizens Diagnosed with COVID-19 in Manitoba

May 12: Celebrating Indigenous Nurses Day and National Nursing Week

May 11: MKO Recognizes and Honours First Nations Citizens on Manitoba’s 150th Birthday

May 6: MKO Pleased Province of Manitoba is Collecting and Sharing First Nations-Specific Data during COVID-19 Pandemic

 

April 2020

April 28: MKO Encourages Province of Manitoba to Continue Prohibiting Travel to Northern Manitoba to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

April 25: MKO Offers to Condolences to First Nations Families Impacted by Recent Winnipeg Police Shootings

April 23: MKO Concerned Funding for Urban Indigenous Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Insufficient

April 15: Updated Public Health Orders Restrict Travel in Northern Manitoba

April 13: Manitoba’s Indigenous Leaders Denounce Province Passing Bill 34

April 7: COVID-19 Pandemic Amplifies Need for Reliable Internet and Phone Service in Northern Manitoba

April 2: Lack of Housing in Northern First Nations Impacts Ability to Self-Isolate

March 2020

March 31: Protecting First Nations in the Time of COVID-19: MKO Continues to Advocate for Northern Manitoba

March 30: Knowledge Keepers Radio Show Aims to Lift Spirits During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 18: MKO Encourages Northern First Nations to Take Four Steps to Protect the Most Vulnerable People from COVID-19

March 12: MKO Update on COVID-19 Preparations for Northern First Nations

March 11: Grand Chief Settee Calls for a Northern Roundtable between Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Canada

February 2020

February 26: MKO Responds to Acts of Vandalism and Online Racism

February 13: MKO Update on Medical Services for Northern First Nations

February 10: MKO Expresses Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en People

February 3: MKO Statement on the Passing of a Woman in Custody of the Thompson RCMP

January 2020

January 31: Historic First in Manitoba as Verdict Delivered in Northern First Nation in the Case of Crystal Andrews

January 30: MKO Supports Ending Birth Alerts in Manitoba

January 29: Every Action Counts: MKO Grand Chief Encourages Acts of Compassion on Bell Let’s Talk Day

January 27: MKO Chiefs Call on Province of Manitoba to Address Broken Justice System in Northern Manitoba

January 24: MKO Remembers Crystal Andrews of God’s Lake Narrows

January 23: MKO Chiefs Establish Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin Inc. as a First Nations Aggregate Entity to Support Health Transformation for The North

January 23: MKO Hosts Productive Chiefs’ Special Assembly on Health

January 22: MKO Supports Calls from the Correctional Investigator of Canada to Address A Most Persistent and Pressing Human Right Issue

January 20: MKO and Shamattawa First Nation Demand Perimeter Aviation Create an Improvement Plan for Flights in Northern Manitoba