Media are invited to a press conference TODAY in response to concerns about Mi’kmaq fishers in Nova Scotia.
Indigenous leaders will speak outside of the Manitoba legislative building. While our organizations had originally hoped to host a march expressing solidarity with the Mi’kmaq fishers, Indigenous leaders in Manitoba are extremely concerned about the current rates of COVID-19 in Winnipeg and throughout the province.
In response, tomorrow’s event will now consist of a ceremonial Horse Spirit Ride, beginning with a drum song and prayer at the RCMP D Division, 1091 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. We are asking members of the public to NOT attend the ceremony, however, members of the media are welcome.
The Oyate Techa Riders will travel to the Manitoba legislative building, where Indigenous leaders will address media about the issue of Mi’kmaq fishers and why it’s important to Manitoba citizens.
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM: Ceremony will begin at 1091 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
Mary Ann Patrick of the Whitehorse Ranch, spokesperson for Oyate Techa Riders, will be present at this ceremony
2:00 PM: Horses will arrive at the Manitoba legislative building, after which time a press conference will begin
Speakers at 2 pm press conference:
- Regional Chief Kevin Hart, Assembly of First Nations, Manitoba Region
- Grand Chief Jerry Daniels, Southern Chiefs’ Organization
- Grand Chief Garrison Settee, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)
- Minister Will Goodon, Manitoba Metis Federation
- Chief GlenN Hudson, Peguis First Nation
- Chief Dennis Meeches, Long Plain First Nation
Where: Press conference will happen on the front steps of the Manitoba legislative building, Winnipeg
Media are welcome to join this event live via our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/350064612771567.
Physical distancing and public health guidelines in effect. We ask media to wear a mask if attending the event in person.
For more information:
Al Foster, Senior Correspondent, Southern Chiefs’ Organization
Melanie Ferris, MKO Communications
Marci Riel, Manitoba Metis Federation
PDF Copy of Release: Media Advisory – Mi’kmaq Press Conference