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.

October 29 and 30, 2019:

Reclaiming and Honouring Our Spirit Workshop on October 29 and 30 in Brandon, Manitoba.

Learning objectives:
1:  To give hope
2:  Honouring the loss
3:  New beginnings

This two-day workshop will look at teaching tools to guide and help support you in your daily walk.

Individuals impacted by the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) including MMIWG family members, survivors, 2SLGBTQQIA, and service providers.

For more information or to register, contact:
Sandra Starr
MMIWG Community Engagement Liaison
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc
Toll free: 1.800.442.0488
Cellular: 1.204.794.1413
Email: [email protected]

*Space is limited. Registration is based on a first come, first-serve basis.

Lunch and snacks and local transit bus tokens will be provided.




September 30, 2019:

“If you have a loved one who went through residential school… you should acknowledge them because they are heroes, they are survivors.”
~Grand Chief Garrison Settee shares his thoughts on Orange Shirt Day, which falls on September 30 each year.

Watch the video to hear more about Orange Shirt Day.



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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”We are all striving to make the North better in terms of programs, services, and infrastructure. Working together will make things possible,” said Grand Chief Settee during his opening remarks at the 40th Annual General Assembly for the Keewatin Tribal Council today in Thompson.

Over the long weekend, Grand Chief Settee attended emergency meetings between affected First Nations, Red Cross, & provincial & federal governments.

Grand Chief spoke on the unity of the leadership and acknowledged the tremendous work done by all parties. #MKONorth

Upcoming workshop: Reclaiming &Honouring Our Spirit
Oct. 29 & 30 in #Brandon

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: Folks impacted by the issue of #MMIWG including family members, survivors, 2SLGBTQQIA, &service providers

To register, contact:
Sandra Starr: 1.800.442.0488
[email protected]

MKO is responding to stories published by the @WinnipegNews that provide details about the man charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Norma Andrews. Ms. Andrews was killed in Winnipeg last month.

Read our full response: #mkonorth

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Thompson Office

Phone: (204) 677-1600
Fax: (204) 778-7655
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