Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, Treaty 5 Territory – The Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak representing 30 northern Manitoba First Nation communities elected Sheila North Wilson as their Grand Chief for 3-year term.
Grand Chief North Wilson is the first female elected Grand Chief since the creation of MKO in 1981. Sheila is originally from Bunibonibee Cree Nation, 950 km north of Winnipeg, located in treaty 5 territory. Moving to Winnipeg to further her education, Grand Chief North Wilson always provided awareness on the struggles and barriers many First Nations encounter.
The MKO is mandated through resolution of MKO Chief-in-Assembly to promote and strengthen the interest of First Nations. Many First Nation communities in northern Manitoba are challenged with proper infrastructure, development of hydro and mining, and accessibility to remote communities.
“I send warm wishes to newly elected Grand Chief North Wilson to becoming Grand Chief of MKO. Grand Chief North Wilson brings tremendous experience in bringing First Nations issues to light and finding solutions that promotes sovereignty in each First Nation community,” stated Grand Chief Nepinak.
In the first ballot, Sheila received the most votes from Chiefs and councillors in attendance. After second ballet, Sheila successfully received 74 votes and winning the bid for Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak.