MKO elects Garrison Settee as new grand chief

Manitoba's northern First Nations elected a new grand chief Wednesday. Former Pimicikamak chief Garrison Settee is the new grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.

Promises 'transformational change' for Manitoba's North

New MKO Grand Chief Garrison Settee is wrapped in a blanket by elders after his election Wednesday. (Submitted/MKO)

Manitoba's northern First Nations elected a new grand chief Wednesday. Former Pimicikamak chief Garrison Settee is the new grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak. 

Two candidates stepped up after former Grand Chief Sheila North did not seek re-election after a three year reign as grand chief. She went on to take an unsuccessful run at the leadership of the Assembly of First Nations. 

Settee received 53 of 89 total votes. 

"I ran on a platform of transformational change. I did not run for the title, but for the North. It will be my focus," Settee said in a statement. 

"Making northern Manitoba a better place for First Nation families is my ultimate goal. That will mean that Canada
will have to pay more attention to our treaties, to our issues and to our concerns."

Settee thanked North and his opponent Ted Bland after taking the oath of office. 

The MKO's annual general assembly is being held on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and will wrap up Thursday.