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.

October 11, 2019:


Did you know? October 11th is the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.

Want to know more or take part?

Join MKO to create our “GIRL FORCE” on October 11, 2019 between 11:30 am and 1 pm at the Main Floor – 55 Selkirk Ave. (Professional Building), in Thompson.

• Guest speakers and entertainment
• Light lunch, cake, and beverages served
• Everyone welcome!

For more information contact:
Hilda Anderson-Pyrz
Manager, MMIWG Liaison Unit
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc
Phone: 1.204.307.5919




October 10, 2019:

Grand Chief Garrison Settee shares some of his thoughts about the Fall Feast that is planned for Thompson on October 10th. Please join us for this free event at the Bill Comaskey Wellness Centre at 274 Thompson Drive North.

Doors open at 4 pm, dinner is being served at 6 pm, and the festivities wrap up at 9 pm. Everyone in and around the City of Thompson is welcome to join us. 



October 10, 2019:


Fall Feast in Thompson

You are invited to join MKO at our annual fall feast. We gather to celebrate as a community with a feast honouring our traditions and making new ones. This is a time to come together in a joyous celebration to remind us we are all members of the City of Thompson and as such, we will celebrate and surround ourselves with community spirit. Entertainment will be taking place throughout the evening.

The event takes place at the Bill Comaskey Wellness Centre with doors opening at 4 pm.

For more information, contact: 

Shyanna Lynxleg, Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy Coordinator
Phone: 204-677-1600




October 2019:



On Thursday, October 10, the Thompson Urban Aboriginal Strategy and MKO are hosting a special event to recognize children from Northern Manitoba who attended residential schools.


The event takes place at Thompson Lions Park at 1pm.



September 30, 2019:

“If you have a loved one who went through residential school… you should acknowledge them because they are heroes, they are survivors.”
~Grand Chief Garrison Settee shares his thoughts on Orange Shirt Day, which falls on September 30 each year.

Watch the video to hear more about Orange Shirt Day.



September 18, 2019:

The next election is just over a month away. It happens on October 21, 2019.

People in the Thompson area can learn about candidates running in the Churchill-Keewatinook Aski electoral district by attending this event on Thursday evening, September 19:



September 9, 2019: 

A message from Grand Chief Settee on the eve of the provincial election in Manitoba:

September 5, 2019:

Grand Chief Garrison Settee is encouraging all Indigenous peoples to vote in two upcoming elections this Fall:

  • September 10: Election for the Province of Manitoba
  • October 21: Election for the Government of Canada  

To learn more about how to vote, visit this page.


“I want to remind First Nations citizens that we live in a democratic society. I encourage First Nations people to get involved in both elections.

If you are 18 years old and a resident of Manitoba, you can get involved simply by getting out to a polling station on September 10 and October 21. If you’ve never voted before, consider making plans with a friend or family member to head to the polling station together to cast your ballots.

Voting is a free opportunity to make a difference.” 
~Grand Chief Settee

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. 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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That the plaque was erected in partnership with the City of Thompson is significant, said Settee.

“It’s a big step towards reconciliation, meaningful reconciliation, not just rhetoric but we’re actually making those significant steps to reconciliation.” #MKONorth

Today is the International Day of The Girl:

If you are in the City of Thompson please feel free to join us for a celebration at 55 Selkirk Avenue starting at 11:30 am.

Full details are here: #MKONorth #InternationalDayoftheGirl2019

A small but sacred fire was lit as part of the event held in Thompson today to honour children who attended residential schools. Tobacco is offered to the fire to help take prayers to the Creator.


Media release: MKO Hosting Three Special Gatherings in Thompson: Community Members Welcome to Attend all Events

Full details here: #MKONorth #Thompson

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