Garrison Settee will continue on in the role of Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) after taking a decisive victory during the organization’s annual general assembly this week.
In a vote that took place on Wednesday in the Norway House Cree Nation, Settee received 58 of a possible 73 votes, besting challenger Ken Bighetty who received 15 total votes.
Settee, who is from Pimicikamak Cree Nation, has served in the role since first being elected back in August of 2018.
“I am extremely thankful the leadership have voted me in for a second term as Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak,” Settee said in a Wednesday press release.
“I express my appreciation for the Norway House Cree Nation for hosting our election and our Assembly. I also thank all the people who have supported me during my campaign.”
The victory means Settee is now set to serve in the role for at least the next three years.
“I look forward to advocating on behalf of MKO First Nations over the next three years,” Settee said.
Chiefs, councillors, and headmen of MKO Nations were eligible to vote in Wednesday’s election.
MKO represents citizens of 26 Manitoba First Nations who are signatories of Treaties 4, 5, 6 and 10.
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee will continue on in the role after taking a decisive victory during the organization’s annual general assembly this week.
— Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun