MKO Statement on the End of Manhunt for Fugitives in Northern Manitoba
August 7, 2019
Treaty One Territory, Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is responding to news that the RCMP have located the bodies of two suspects from British Columbia.
“There is a real sense of relief at hearing the news that the RCMP have located the bodies of these two fugitives,” said Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “We are thankful for the sense of closure this will bring to the Fox Lake, York Landing, and Tataskweyak, and War Lake First Nations.”
“During my visit to York Landing last week, I was extremely impressed with the leadership displayed by Chief Leroy Constant and Council. The community worked well under pressure and remained organized, calm, and vigilant while the search was carried out,” stated Grand Chief Settee.
MKO commends the tireless efforts of the RCMP during their search for the two suspects along with the Chiefs and Councillors of the impacted First Nations, the volunteer community patrol teams, the Canadian Armed Forces, the local safety officers, and the Bear Clan for their work in protecting and serving Northern communities.
“Today’s news is a first step in helping Northern First Nations to feel a renewed sense of safety,” said Grand Chief Settee. “It may take some time for people to recover from the trauma caused by this lengthy manhunt. MKO will continue to support our Northern First Nations with the healing work that needs to be done in the weeks and months to come.”