First Nation chief in Manitoba charged with sexual assault, luring minor

Mounties arrested Little Grand Rapids Chief Raymond Keeper on Oct. 21

Chief Raymond Keeper

Little Grand Rapids Chief Raymond Keeper. Photo: Southern Chiefs Organization/Facebook


A First Nation chief in Manitoba is facing multiple charges, including sexual assault, after an investigation into text message exchanges with a teen, according to police.

Mounties arrested Little Grand Rapids Chief Raymond Keeper, 65, on Oct. 21.

He is charged with eight offences, including two counts of sexual assault, sexual assault with a weapon and luring a person under the age of 18.

Manitoba RCMP say they launched an investigation after receiving a report of inappropriate text messages between a 16-year-old girl and an older man in September.

Little Grand Rapids is a fly-in community about 265 km northeast of Winnipeg near the Ontario boundary.

Manitoba RCMP believe there may be more victims.

Mounties encourage anyone with information about the investigation to call the Little Grand Rapids detachment or local community health services.

Little Grand Rapids RCMP can be reached at 204-397-2249.

A sexual assault crisis line at Klinic Community Health can be reached 204-786-8631 or toll free at 1-888-292-7565.

Calls to Keeper’s office were not returned.

The Canadian Press