Garrison Settee elected as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak

August 8, 2018

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba


Treaty One Territory, MB – Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) congratulates Garrison Settee of Pimicikamak Cree Nation in his election as the Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations to the new Grand Chief in the election today in Opaskwayak Cree Nation,” said Grand Chief Dumas. “I look forward to continuing and building upon the relationship with MKO as Grand Chief Settee settles into office in the days to come.”

Garrison Settee won on the first ballot with 53 votes out of a possible 89 registered voters.

Garrisson Settee is from the Pimicikamak Cree Nation and was raised in a Cree-speaking home. He attended Frontier Collegiate and RD Parker Collegiate. Mr. Settee obtained his Bachelor of Education degree from Brandon University and taught First Nation Studies and First Nation Law at the grade 12 level for many years. He was a Chief for a four-year term in his First Nation.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Sheila North for all of her work as Grand Chief of MKO,” stated Grand Chief Dumas. “She made history by being the first female Grand Chief of the MKO. I commend her for her strength and integrity.”

The MKO First Nations are signatory to Treaties 4, 5, 6, and 10. They represent 26 northern First Nations, including one from Saskatchewan. The four First Nations of the Island Lake Tribal Council withdrew their membership in March 2017.

The other candidate who also ran was Ted Bland, former Chief of York Factory First Nation.