For immediate release
June 19, 2019

Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MBManitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is responding to news that the Province of Manitoba will have an early election on September 10, 2019. The 42nd annual election was initially scheduled to happen on October 6, 2020.

“Premier Brian Pallister called an early election today. I want to remind citizens living in Northern Manitoba that we must continue to have open discussions with the current and the next elect Government of Manitoba to ensure the safety and health of ourselves, our families, and our communities,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “Looking back on the last three years, progress was made but we always need to reflect on whether the province has done enough to improve the quality of life for people living in Northern Manitoba.”

One current issue of concern for MKO is the change to the LifeFlight Air Ambulance Program. The province announced earlier this month that it is moving ahead with privatizing this service, which will compromise the safety of people in the North who are experiencing medical emergencies.

“I want to remind First Nations citizens that we live in a democratic society,” stated Grand Chief Settee. “I want to encourage First Nations people to get involved in this election, either by running as a candidate, volunteering to campaign for a candidate you support, or simply by getting out to the polling stations on September 10 and casting a ballot. Exercise your voice and get involved in this democratic election process here in Manitoba.”