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 (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.
MKO Nations Weekly Radio Program
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
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.
First Nation leaders seek meeting with Queen
Grand Chief David Harper meets with Prince Charles
Toronto, Ontario. May 22, 2012.
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 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