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.

November 29, 2019:

MKO’s Santa Express Initiative gets underway this weekend! Children in the following First Nations received a visit from Santa and his crew so far:

  • Bunibonibee Cree Nation
  • Manto Sipi Cree Nation
  • Shamattawa First Nation
  • Barren Lands First Nation
  • Northlands First Nation
  • O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation
  • Norway House Cree Nation
  • Pimicikamak Cree Nation

Santa will also be travelling to many more MKO First Nations. You can find the current schedule on this page.

December 7, 2019:

MKO has CANCELLED its Frosty Fest Social in Thompson that was originally scheduled to take place on December 7. 

MKO apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. We thank all our supporters who purchased tickets.

If you would like to request a refund, contact MKO at 204-677-1600 or the person who sold you the tickets.

MKO thanks all donors and sponsors who have supported our Santa Express Initiative.

We have received many generous donations that have helped to make this initiative a reality. You can learn more about Santa Express here.

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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He’s a mean one! The Grinch has been joining #SantaExpress2019 as Santa makes his way through Northern Manitoba. He might be mean but he seemed to bring out the smiles today in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.


Meet MKO’s Client Navigator Bernice Thorassie (on the left). She joined colleague Duke Beardy (on the right) earlier today to share information about the work she does at a meeting of community health representatives from First Nations in Manitoba.
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Our Traditional Healer Program helps connect First Nations and Inuit in #Manitoba with Traditional Healers, knowledge keepers, and healing services.

You can find more info on the program here: #MKONorth

Duke Beardy is the Program Manager for MKO’s Traditional Healing Program. He is presenting to community health representatives from First Nations today in #Winnipeg.

To find out more about our healing program, please visit: #MKONorth

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Thompson Office

Phone: (204) 677-1600
Fax: (204) 778-7655
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206-55 Selkirk Avenue
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