August 20, 2021
Chief Larson Anderson and Councillors
Norway House Cree Nation
PO Box 250
Norway House, MB R0B 1B0
Re: Thanks to Norway House Cree Nation for helping MKO celebrate 40 years of advocacy
Dear Chief Anderson and all Council members,
On behalf of the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Inc., I’m writing to you in my capacity as MKO Grand Chief to express sincere gratitude to you and your community for the extremely warm welcome we experienced in Norway House Cree Nation this week during the proceedings of our 40th Annual General Assembly.
As we marked 40 years of advocacy, your community went over and above to help us ensure this was a celebration that honoured all MKO First Nations. I’ve heard many positive and glowing reviews about the hospitality the attendees experienced in beautiful Norway House Cree Nation. There are many visitors who didn’t want to leave the community.
From the beautiful new accommodations for our staff members to the boat tours, fireworks, delicious campfire meals lovingly prepared by community Elders, to the entertainment from people of all ages, I cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience was in your community. You have provided us with a gift after living through too many months of isolation during the pandemic.
The trip to Norway House was the first opportunity for many people to travel. Being in your community lifted the spirits of so many people. I hope you and your Councillors are truly proud of the work you have done. I also hope your community is proud because all the helpers, including the incredible Janice Muswagon, did an amazing job of supporting the work we were there to do. The technical and other support we received was commendable.
This is a trip I will never forget. I am thankful that this is where I was re-elected for a second term of office.
Ekosani and masi cho to everyone in your community who was part of making this such a memorable experience for all of us. This has been a highlight of 2021. You and all people of Norway House should be proud of all you have accomplished.
Grand Chief Garrison Settee
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.
cc: MKO First Nations