“We will rise.”

~Ovide Mercredi shared this message at a gathering of former and present MKO leaders in July 2021.

On behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Grand Chief Garrison Settee extends his congratulations and pride at seeing the former National Chief and MKO leader appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada.

Ovide William Mecredi, who is a member and former Chief of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba, was appointed to the Order of Canada for his advocacy of Indigenous rights and non-violence, as well as his skillful leadership.

In July 2021, Ovide expressed, “We should strengthen our people and create our own laws,” with an emphasis on reclaiming our past. He shared that while a lot of progress has been made, there are gaps in health care and an ongoing need to speak out against racism. He acknowledged the need for high-speed Internet for our youth.

Mr. Mercredi says it is important we reclaim our past and move forward, explaining, “We don’t need anyone permission to take better care of ourselves. No Nation becomes great, waiting for another Nation to be great.”

He also shared his vision for a ceremony and feast to take place once a year in memory of those who attended residential school.

“Leaders must step forward. We must be the ones that lead our destiny,” he stated.

Grand Chief Settee thanks Ovide for taking part in the gathering of MKO leaders and for generously sharing his wisdom, teachings, and guidance on July 22, 2021.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Mercredi, along with the Honourable Murray Sinclair and all other leaders and changemakers, for being appointed to the Order of Canada.

You can find full details on the appointments here.