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For immediate release
March 21, 2022
Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is issuing this statement to acknowledge and recognize the importance of supporting women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people.
MKO is aware people in our First Nations may be traumatized due to recent media reports. Anyone who needs access to emergency counselling or support can call either of the following crisis lines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
- Klinic Crisis Line provides counselling and support. Call 1-888-322-3019.
- The Sexual Assault Crisis Line also provides counselling and support. Call 1-888-292-7565.
Grand Chief Garrison Settee states:
“On behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, today I express our support for the essential roles women and girls have in our communities. I honour the strong women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people in MKO communities.
There is much work to do when it comes to supporting women. MKO’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Liaison Unit aims to support families and communities who are impacted by the issue of MMIWG in addition to supporting survivors of violence. Anyone who needs to access support from our Unit can call us toll free at 1-800-442-0488 or at 204-677-1648.
MKO’s MMIWG Liaison Unit is hosting a healing gathering for people impacted by the issue of MMIWG2S+ later this week in Thompson, Manitoba. Thank you to our staff members who continue to carry out this healing work in this area.
As Grand Chief of MKO, I am committed to supporting First Nation women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people. I recognize and thank all women, girls, Two Spirit, and gender-diverse people who are standing strong and making a positive impact in our First Nations.”
For more information:
Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Email: [email protected]