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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.
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OCTOBER 2020:

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

 

December 2019

December 6: MKO’s Response to the 43rd Speech from the Throne

December 6: MKO Encouraging Manitoba Residents to Remember Female Victims of Violence and to Learn about MMIWG on December 6

November 2019

November 29: It-To-Ta-Maso-Wak: MKO “Doing it Our Way” for Child Welfare in Northern First Nations

November 20: MKO Statement on the International Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20: MKO Hosts Chiefs Assembly on Child Welfare on National Child Day

November 14: MKO Encouraging First Nations People to Get Tested and Take Steps to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes on World Diabetes Day

October 2019

October 30: Shamattawa First Nation Calls on Perimeter Aviation to Stop Putting the Lives of First Nations Citizens at Risk

October 28: MKO Encouraging Residents from Northern Manitoba to Get the Flu Shot

October 27: Pimicikamak Cree Nation and the Incorporated Community of Cross Lake Declare State of Emergency

October 21: MKO Reminds Indigenous Peoples to Vote Today

October 17: MKO Encouraging Indigenous Peoples to Vote on October 21

October 16: MKO Launches Santa Express Fundraising Campaign

October 15: MKO Encourages Government Officials to Work with Indigenous Peoples to Develop Action Plans to Improve Safety

October 10: MKO Hosting Three Special Gatherings in Thompson: Community Members Welcome to Attend all Events

October 9: MKO Encouraging First Nations Citizens to Create Fire Safety Plans

October 4: MKO Statement on Arrest in the Homicide of Norma Andrews

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

October 2: New Report from Quebec Shows Continued Need for Meaningful Action to Improve Safety for Indigenous Peoples in Canada

 

September 2019

September 30: MKO Responds to City of Winnipeg Pilot Project Involving Pre-Payment for Taxi Rides

September 30: MKO Acknowledges Residential School Students on Orange Shirt Day

September 27: MKO Commends Youth Taking Part in the Global Climate Strike

September 27: MKO Response to the Introduction of Eagle Feathers to Manitoba Courts

September 25: MKO Remembers Norma Ellen Andrews: Winnipeg’s Latest Homicide a Reminder on Immediate Need for Action

September 22: Statement from Chief Eric Redhead on the Passing of a Two-Year-Old Child in Shamattawa First Nation

September 17: MKO Statement on The Health Status of and Access to Healthcare by Registered First Nations Peoples in Manitoba

September 10: MKO Statement on the Election Results for the Province of Manitoba

September 10: World Suicide Prevention Day: Opportunity to Focus on Mental Wellness in MKO First Nations

September 6: MKO Responds to Ruling from Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Regarding First Nations Children Impacted by Child Welfare System

August 2019 

August 29: God’s Lake First Nation Activating a State of Emergency

August 29: MKO Encouraging Indigenous Peoples to Take Part in Upcoming Elections

August 27: Statement from Chief Eric Redhead on Homicide in Shamattawa First Nation

August 15: Restoring Inherent Jurisdiction: Advocating for Northern First Nations at MKO’s 38th Annual General Assembly

August 7: MKO Statement on the End of Manhunt for Fugitives in Northern Manitoba

July 2019

July 28: MKO Encouraging Residents of York Factory First Nation to Stay Indoors

July 26: MKO Extends Support to Fox Lake Cree Nation: Emergency Demonstrates Need for Increased Resources for First Nations Police

July 26: MKO Demands Real Action to Address Northern Issues in Upcoming Federal Election

July 24: MKO Encourages Northern Residents to Remain Vigilant as Search for Two Homicide Suspects Continues

July 10: MKO Calls on Province of Manitoba to Improve Communication and Planning on Critical Air Transport

July 2: MKO Remembers Christine Wood

June 2019

June 28: MKO Encouraging Canadians to Commit to Reading and Implementing Recommendations from
the National Inquiry into MMIWG

June 19: MKO Statement on Upcoming Provincial Election in Manitoba  

June 19: MKO Supports Dene Nations in Finalizing Land Claim

June 18: MKO Working in Partnership with Vale to Ensure the Safety of Northern Manitoba Citizens

June 13: MKO Honours Elder Marie Ballantyne for Years of Guidance and Service to Her Community

June 11: MKO Urges Province of Manitoba to Stop the Privatization of Life-Saving Air Ambulance Program

June 11: MKO Supports the Reduction of Plastic Waste in Northern Manitoba

June 7: MKO Welcomes National Inquiry Commissioner Michèle Audette to Two Community Forums in Manitoba on MMIWG 

June 3: MKO’s Statement on the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

May 2019

May 30: Advocating for Safer Rides: MKO Concerned About Growing Number of Complaints from First Nations Citizens Using Taxis

April 2019

April 26: Shamattawa Missing Person, Randy Redhead

March 2019

March 29: MKO Congratulates and Acknowledges Brady Keeper of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation on Making his NHL Debut

March 12: MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee Statement on the Recommendations of the Special Report of the Manitoba Advocate for Children and Youth

March 4: MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee extends condolences to AMC Grand Chief Arlen Dumas

February 2019

February 28: MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee Responds to Justice Committee Testimony of the Honourable Jody Wilson- Raybould

February 28: MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee Statement on the Tabling of Bill C-92 An Act-Respecting First Nations Inuit Metis Children and Families

February 20: MKO, MMF, SCO to Meet with Province to Defend Children

February 12: MKO Press Release Jody Wilson-Raybould Resignation

February 7: Grand Chief Garrison Settee Responds to CBC Article

January 2019

January 18: Manitoba Hydro’s Keeyask First Nation Partners Renew Call for Public Inquiry

January 10: AMC First Nations Family Advocate Office, Harper/Woods Family

January 10: Indigenous Contributions to the Economy (PDF of our media release)

January 10: Indigenous Contributions to the Economy (access the full reports on this page)

2018

October 17, 2018: MKO Grand Chief Intends to Represent the North from the North (Thompson Citizen)

October 2, 2018: MKO hosts Press Conference for Family of Mary Yellowback, MMIWG

September 14, 2018: GC Settee Press Statement on IIU and OPP Investigation into historical criminal allegations

February 20, 2018: MKO & Manitoba hosting meeting on Child Welfare Reform that will be first step in fixing system

February 16, 2018: Change to renewable energy sources could mean a brighter day for diesel-dependent First Nations

February 14, 2018: New legal framework looks like attempt to turn First Nations into Municipalities

February 9, 2018: Manitoba First Nation organizations demand justice system issues highlighted by the Gerald Stanley trial be resolved

January 26, 2018: MKO Willing to Work on CFS Reform with Canada and Manitoba

January 23, 2018: DELAYING FUNDING VICTIMIZES FIRST NATION CHILDREN

January 10, 2018: Top Up of Policing Funding Needed and Highlights Past Shortfalls in Proper Policing

January 9, 2018: New Fibre Optic Cable can improve First Nations’ access to services and markets

2017

December 17, 2017: An honoured and dedicated Elder and mother is lost with the passing of Sarah Harper

December 12, 2017: MKO Calls for Equality of Child Services and Effective use of Jordan’s Principle