Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that has represented 30 First Nation communities in Manitoba's North since 1981.

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Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak


Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) was incorporated in 1981. MKO is a non-profit, political advocacy organization that provides a collective voice on issues of inherent, Treaty, Aboriginal and human rights for the citizens of the 30 sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.

MKO receives its mandate by resolution of the MKO Chiefs in General Assembly. The Grand Chief, elected for a three-year term, serves as the principal spokesperson. A regionally representative Executive Council of Chiefs provides ongoing direction between General Assemblies.

MKO continues to explore ways to strengthen and promote the interests of First Nations by achieving autonomy and self-sufficiency with respect to all areas that affect the lives of northern First Nations’ citizens. Our view is that the government powers of all the MKO First Nation must be recognized as inherent and our governing systems must have an administrative branch or “civil service” to address the technical and program aspects of the First Nations governments. The full restoration of First Nations self-government in northern Manitoba is envisioned by MKO as a three-part process: The repeal or amendment of the Indian Act and the dismantling of the federal government department of Indian and Northern Affairs; the transfer of federal and joint federal-provincial programs, services and related funding allocations directly to Manitoba First Nations; and most importantly, the legal recognition and extension of First Nations’ jurisdiction and self-governing authority over our traditional lands.

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Recent News

  • July 25, 2013 - Honour the Apology Statement Issued by Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief David Harper

    July 25, 2013 - On behalf of the residential school survivors and their families, I urge the Government of Canada and Prime Minister Stephen Harper to release any remaining documents pertaining to the Residential School era to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • June 11, 2013 - Family and First Nation leaders claim gross negligence in calling for Inquest

    WINNIPEG, MB – The Northlands Denesuline First Nation at Lac Brochet, Manitoba is mourning the preventable death of a young woman caused by the lack of adequate and diligent care by health services providers. The parents of the young woman, Laura and Donald Tssessaze, along with Chief and Council of the Northlands Denesuline First Nation and MKO Grand Chief David Harper, are calling for an inquest into the May 27, 2013 death of their daughter, Lisa Tssessaze.

  • April 26, 2013 - Chiefs Call Foul on Manitoba Mines Branch Permitting and Licensing

    Winnipeg, MB - Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Southern Chiefs’ Organization have joined forces to combat Manitoba’s failure to fulfill their legal duty to consult, accommodate and obtain the full, informed and prior consent of First Nations prior to issuing work permits, mining licenses and other authorizations to companies in First Nation traditional territories. In collusion with the mining industry and other resource companies, the province is skirting the legal duty to consult and obtain consent from the First Nations. On many occasions the province has unlawfully issued permits, licenses and other land dispositions which constitute a breach of constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Due to mounting frustration, First Nations in Manitoba will stop the provincial blockade against their traditional economies by declaring moratoriums on resource development on their traditional territories. First Nation “Stop Work Orders” on mine development are now being posted and will be enforced.

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Grand Chief David Harper and Mr. Jack Sheng, CEO of Invent Logistics and Technology

MKO Grand Chief David Harper honors Chief Betsy Kennedy of War Lake First Nation & Chair of the AMC First Nations Women's Committee after her presentation at the 2013 MKO Justice Conference

Grand Chief David Harper and 2013 Shanghai Logistics Trade Delegation

MKO meets with 2013 Shanghai Logistics Trade Delegation

MKO Grand Chief David Harper, Executive Director David Monias and Michael Anderson with Mr. John Spacek, Vice President of Planning and Development, Centreport Canada, Mr. Jack Sheng, CEO of Invent Logistics and Technology meet with Senior Level Business Delegates from China

Winnipeg, Manitoba. April 17, 2013.

Grand Chief and Prince William

First Nation leaders seek meeting with Queen

Grand Chief David Harper meets with Prince Charles

Toronto, Ontario. May 22, 2012.

Meeting with Bolivian Embassador

Meeting with Bolivian Embassador

from left to right David Monias (MKO CEO), Chief Michael Yellowback (MANTO SIPI CREE NATION), Bolivia's Ambassador to Canada His Excellency Edgar Torrez Mosqueira, Chief Jack Dysart (O-PIPON-NA-PIWIN), Michael Anderson (MKO Staff)

Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Ottawa, Ontario. October 2, 2012.

UN Special Rapporteur visits MKO Communities on the Right to Food

Oliver De Shutter (UN Special Rapporteur), Grand Chief David Harper, David Monias (MKO CEO)

Garden Hill First Nation, Manitoba. May 12,2012.

MKO supporting the Idle No More Movement at the Parliament Grounds

Elder Raymond Robinson, Grand Chief David Harper, Chief Garrison Settee

Ottawa, Ontario. January 11, 2013

MKO Grand Chief David Harper joins Elder Nicholas Halcrow of Pimicikamak Cree Nation in prayer during the 2013 MKO Justice Conference

MKO Grand Chief David Harper receives Queen?s Diamond Jubilee Medal

MKO Grand Chief David Harper receives Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

MKO Grand Chief David Harper was presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament for Churchill, in a ceremony during the 31st MKO Annual General Assembly held at the Norway House Cree Nation.

Norway House, Manitoba. August 30, 2012

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