For immediate release

September 1, 2021


Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc. is issuing the following statement in recognition of the newly-appointed Premier of Manitoba, Kelvin Goertzen, who was named as interim leader today.


Mr. Goertzen replaces Brian Pallister as Premier of Manitoba. The Progressive Conservatives will choose a new leader on October 30, 2021.


MKO Grand Chief Settee states:


“On behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc., I extend our appreciation to interim Premier Kelvin Goertzen for taking action on his first day in office by withdrawing Bill 64 along with several other Bills that would have a detrimental impact on First Nations citizens in Northern Manitoba.


We are particularly pleased to see the withdrawal of Bill 57 – The Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act. The withdrawal of this Bill helps to ensure that as the first people of this land, we are still able to protest peacefully.


I recognize the efforts of the many thousands of Manitoba citizens who stood up to exercise their own right to protest peacefully. In the past few months, we have seen thousands of people expressing their strong disagreement with Bill 64. Clearly, your actions will have a positive impact on the well-being of our education system in Manitoba.


I look forward to meeting with Mr. Goertzen by phone tomorrow afternoon. It is essential for leaders to listen and it’s hopeful to hear from the new Premier that he is willing to listen. His actions in the coming weeks can help to build community and heal some of the divisions that have been caused by past leadership.


We encourage any incoming leaders to follow Kelvin Goertzen’s lead and ensure you take the time to listen to others. I am hopeful we will be able to work with a Premier who is fully committed to reconciliation to working to build a better Manitoba.”




For more information:

Melanie Ferris, Communications Officer

Phone: 204-612-1284

Email: [email protected]