Working with Northern First Nations to maintain, strengthen, protect and develop political, economical, judicial, social, language and cultural, policies, inherent Treaty and Aboriginal rights and to enhance quality of life while advancing the powers, authority and autonomy of Indigenous governments.

August 21, 2019:

Grand Chief Garrison Settee and all staff at Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak extend heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of our colleague Joanne Crate. We are deeply saddened by her passing. 

“We hold up kindness and support to Joanne’s family in the coming days and months and in the long term—as the healing and memories strengthen the path forward.” 
~Grand Chief Settee

August 19, 2019:

The Federal Court has approved a nation-wide class settlement to compensate survivors for harms suffered while attending Federal Indian Day Schools and Federal Day Schools.

The settlement includes compensation for eligible Survivor Class Members ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 based on the level of harm experienced as well as the creation of a Legacy Fund of $200 million to support commemoration projects, health and wellness projects, and language and culture initiatives.

To be eligible for direct compensation, a person must have attended at least one of the Federal Indian Day Schools or Federal Day Schools funded, managed and controlled by Canada,

Information about how to make a claim will become available on this website in the coming weeks.

Grand Chief Bulletin


January 22, 2019


Prior to the opening of today’s Chiefs Assembly on Health Transformation, which is being held in Thompson in Treaty 5 on the traditional territory of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Settee was honoured to be bestowed through ceremony with his Chief’s headdress.  Led by Elder Ed Azure, with support from Chief Marcel Moody of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, the ceremony acknowledged the history, teachings, significance, and responsibilities of the leader bestowed with the traditional headdress.

About MKO

Incorporated in 1981 as the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO),
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 26 sovereign First Nations we represent. The MKO
First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.

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Part of Settee’s ongoing campaign to embed himself in the North involved moving to Thompson in September 2018, less than a month after he was elected MKO Grand Chief.


Grand Chief Settee was invited to the Tataskwayak Cree Nation for a talent show & fish fry. He is thankful for the opportunity to visit with Elders & to take part in the community’s events.

Ekosi to Chief and Council & community members for being such gracious hosts. #MKONorth


Grand Chief Settee says, “A collaborative effort is needed in order to accomplish our vision for child welfare.”

Grand Chief Garrison Settee was pleased to meet w/ Sydney Garrioch today to discuss issues related to CFS & First Nations Family Law.

Mr. Garrioch is the Chairperson of the First Nations of Northern Manitoba Child & Family Services Authority & a past MKO Grand Chief. #MKONorth

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