Welcome to Keewaytinook Okimakanak

Keewaytinook Okimakanak, which means Northern Chiefs in Oji-Cree, is a non-political Chiefs Council serving Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill First Nations. The organization is directed by the Chiefs of the member First Nations who form the Board of Directors. Through its close awareness of community needs and its team approach, the Council advises and assists its member First Nations. The Council provides services in the areas of health, education, economic development, employment assistance, legal, public works, finance and administration, and computer communications (K-Net Services). The Executive Director liaises with the six Chiefs, with the staff of the Council and with other organizations and governments.

Current Chiefs:

Chief Mickie Meekis, Deer Lake First Nation
Chief Paul Burke, Fort Severn First Nation
Chief Chris Kakegamic, Keewaywin First Nation
Chief Mary Lawson, McDowell Lake First Nation
Chief Caroline Keesic, North Spirit Lake First Nation
Chief Jacob Strang, Poplar Hill First Nation

Franz Seibel
4 years 1 month
Invitation to a Meeting with Ministers to design an Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

January 5 and 6, 2016 – Thunder Bay, Ontario

Dear Survivors, Families and Loved Ones;

KO Chiefs
4 years 3 months
Innovative Safe Water Project Reaches CBC Nation News and APTN

KO and partner First Nations are recognized as working on an innovative solution to safe drinking water.

Franz Seibel
4 years 5 months
Wataynikaneyap Power Signs Partnership Agreement with FortisOntario and RES Canada

The KO Chiefs signed a partnership agreement as owners of Wataynikaneyap Power with the company that will build the transmission line to connect their First Nations.

Denis Nault
4 years 6 months
Safe Water Project (Open House)

You are invited to attend a demonstration of Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s (KO) latest water and wastewater initiative, the Safe Water Project, at an Open House on August 12, 2015.

Franz Seibel
4 years 8 months
Deer Lake First Nation Draft Land Use Plan Open House

Chief Royle Meekis, council, Elders and community members hosted an open house in Deer Lake and Red Lake this week to share their Draft Land Use Plan.

Alvin Fiddler
4 years 8 months
Minister Rickford Marks the Passage of the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act

OTTAWA, ON – Monday, June 1, 2015 – The Honourable Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today marked the passage of Bill C-42, the Common Sense Firearms Licensing Act, through third reading in the House of Commons. The bill will now proceed to the Senate.