For Immediate Release
January 20, 2024
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. Grand Chief Garrison Settee on behalf of the 26 communities we represent stand in solidarity with the First Nations community concerning the distressing incident involving a young Indigenous woman who was bound and held against her free will by hotel personnel. Such actions are not only unacceptable but also a flagrant violation of human rights and dignity. The treatment of this woman is a stark reminder of the ongoing mistreatment of Indigenous women and girls, and it is imperative that immediate and thorough investigations are conducted to ensure that such incidents do not occur again.
The appalling treatment of this woman by hotel staff is a clear example of the systemic issues that contribute to the vulnerability of Indigenous women and girls and sheds light on the larger issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, a crisis that has plagued our society for far too long.
We call for a transparent and comprehensive investigation into this incident, and we urge authorities to hold those responsible fully accountable. Furthermore, we demand that the hotel and its staff undergo cultural sensitivity training to prevent such egregious actions from occurring in the future. It is crucial that steps are taken to address the root causes of such behavior and to ensure that Indigenous women are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
We demand that First Nations Inuit Health Branch and other organizations refrain from taking our patients to this hotel and be thoughtful of where they send our vulnerable citizens in the future.
We must all work together to create a society where Indigenous women and girls are safe and where their rights are protected. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for action to address the systemic issues that perpetuate the mistreatment of Indigenous women. We will continue to stand in solidarity with the First Nations community and advocate for justice, equality, and respect for all Indigenous peoples.
For more information:
Naomi Clarke, Communications Officer
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.