MKO grand chief meets with premier for discussions

Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Garrison Settee met in Winnipeg with Premier Brian Pallister April 30, accompanied by Mosakahiken First Nation Chief Jim Tobacco.

The trio discussed items include airport maintenance, provincial highways, Child and Family Services legislation and First Nations business ventures in the gaming industry.

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The meeting was one of several for the premier, who also met recently with Association of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and Southern Chiefs’ Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels.

“It was an honour to meet with each of you to discuss our shared priorities and the opportunities for partnership and collaboration moving forward,” said Pallister in a May 6 statement. “I believe our discussions have helped form a pathway forward on several important topics including advancing social and economic opportunities, increasing First Nations participating in resource development projects, and working collaboratively on child welfare reforms to improve outcomes for children and families. The Manitoba government is committed to working collaboratively with you to align our efforts to achieve meaningful progress for First Nations in our province.”

Settee said on Facebook that he looks forward to continued discussions with the premier and his provincial government.

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