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For immediate release
April 8, 2022


Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

“We honour survivors who have experienced sexual assault,” shared Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “We know sexual assault is a prevalent issue in our communities. There is a painful legacy of sexual offences when we hear and read stories from people who attended residential schools. I extend my appreciation and support to all advocates and service providers who are working to address the issue of sexual assault.”

Generally, sexual assault is defined as unwanted sexual touching.

The National Centre for Victims of Crime states that sexual assault may take many forms, including rape, attempted rape, as well as unwanted sexual contact and touching. Sexual assault happens in every community and affects people of all genders and ages.

“Everyone has a right to feel safe,” said Grand Chief Settee. “MKO continues to advocate for increased support for First Nations when it comes to sexual assault survivors. We know there is a need for more crisis counselling and access to health services to ensure survivors receive the medical attention they need.”

If you, or someone you know, have experienced sexual assault, you can contact 911, your nursing station, or police. You may also contact:

  • Klinic’s Sexual Assault Crisis line: 1-888-292-7565
  • Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Heart Medicine Lodge: 204-953-5820

You can also contact MKO’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Liaison Unit:

  • Toll free: 1-800-442-0488
  • Direct line: 204-677-1648
  • Mobile: 204-307-0485
  • Email: [email protected]

Our staff can help you navigate systems to ensure you receive services and to make sure your safety is a priority.

To learn more about sexual assault and other resources that can help if you or someone you know may have been sexually assaulted, visit

You Have Options: Help After Sexual Assault” is a resource developed by the Government of Manitoba that may also be useful to survivors.



For more information:
Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Phone: 204-612-1284
Email: [email protected]