Former Grand Chief and MKO reporter Sheila North seeks leadership of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
Former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Sheila North announced on May 14 that she is seeking to become the next Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
A member of the Bunibonibee Cree Nation at Oxford House in northern Manitoba, North was Grand Chief of the MKO from 2015 to 2018 and also called for election as Grand Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2018 .
Prior to becoming the Grand Chief of MKO, she worked as a reporter for CBC and other media in Manitoba and is known for her work on the subject of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
“I think our First Nations leaders have done a tremendous job keeping our people safe during this COVID-19 pandemic,” North said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “They have shown the strength and love they have for others by sharing their resources. they need to keep people safe, including by sharing additional vaccines they had access to. This is the type of leadership I want to join as we move forward towards the economic and social recovery of our nations. “
North says she is campaigning on a four-pillar platform to forge relationships, restore the nation, rebuild activism and regain well-being.
“I believe it is time to restore the relationship between First Nations and the rest of Canada,” says North. “A relationship that honors the spirit and intent of treaties that speak of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and collaboration. First Nations have the right and the capacity to manage their own affairs and I want to stand with the leaders who exercise their sovereignty every day.
The AMC represents 62 of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations, whose chiefs elect the grand chief. The current CMA Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation in Pukatawagan is one of two residents of northern Manitoba to have held this position, along with Ron Evans of the Norway House Cree Nation, who was CMA Grand Chief from 2005 to 2011.
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