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.

March 20, 2020:

MKO and the new health entity Keewatinohk Inniniw Minoayawin are sharing information to help First Nations learn more about preventing COVID-19.

Click here to listen to a public service announcement developed especially for people in Northern Manitoba. You may have heard the announcement on the NCI FM radio station.

The public service announcement shares an important message about hand hygiene. Visit this webpage for more information on COVID-19.

March 12, 2020:

MKO has created a page for Northern First Nations citizens to check for updates on the COVID-19 situation. Click here to visit the webpage.



January 1, 2020:


Grand Chief Garrison Settee shared the following thoughts for the new year:

“In this new year I hope that our First Nations in MKO territory find prosperity and are able to change the economic and political landscape so that they are empowered to rise up to be strong, self-sustaining Nations in areas of child and family wellness, governance, economic development, education, and health transformation. I look forward to continuing to work with MKO First Nations leadership to advocate on behalf of Northern First Nations citizens.”

~Grand Chief Settee wishes everyone a happy and safe new year on behalf of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).


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. If you’d like to read more about this settlement on our website, click here

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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Grand Chief Settee shares some of the issues #MKONorth First Nations have been dealing with during the week of March 22 to 28:

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