For immediate release

February 29, 2024


 Territory Five Territory, Opaskwayak, MB– Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. Grand Chief Garrison Settee applauds Hockey Manitoba’s decision to keep the Norman North Stars in the Manitoba U18 AAA Hockey League.

In a statement, Grand Chief Settee says;

“We believe Hockey Manitoba made the right decision. This decision means that youth from northern Manitoba and Nunavut will continue to have the opportunity to excel in sports.

This allows our athletes to engage in high-level sports and reap the associated benefits of physical health, social development, and personal growth without having to leave their territories.

Fairness and inclusivity in sport is essential to support and promote the development of AAA U18 hockey in northern Manitoba, as such our children will be able to play the sport they love, compete in, and thrive with their continued access to these opportunities.”

The Norman North Stars have long been a source of pride and inspiration for the children and youth in our communities and we look forward to keeping that tradition alive.


For more information:

Naomi Clarke, MKO Communications

Phone: 204-612-1284

Email: [email protected]



Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that has represented 26 First Nation communities in Manitoba’s North since 1981. The MKO represents more than 72,000 First Nations people.