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Wednesday, 7 October 2015
Rebecca Chartrand, Liberal Candidate for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski
Rebecca Chartrand working to be the next MP for the vast riding of Churchill - Keewatinook Aski
Rebecca Chartrand is
Anishinaabe and Métis with roots the Pine Creek First Nation, she is the
Liberal Party’s candidate for Churchill - Keewatinook Aski, MB.
Background and Experience
-Rebecca has a notable
background working in the education field, she is an Educational Consultant and
is known for developing innovative educational programs and policies with Manitoba school boards and institutions.
-Some of the organizations
she has worked with or led include: Indigenous educational advisory committee
for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Canadian Teachers Federal
Aboriginal Voice Working Group and the Manitoba Teachers Society – Indigenous
Voice and Action Committee.
-Rebecca’s advocacy work
includes be a strong voice for women and addressing issues that affect them.
She has been a loud advocate for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and
Girls. After the tragic loss of Tina Fontaine she helped launch the Drag the
Red campaign to see the river for missing bodies. Previous to that, she
co-created a play
“Those Damns Squaws” which dealt with issue of violence against women.
-She has a long list of awards
and accolades that include: 2011 Indspire Award- Innovation in Educator Award;
2011-Manitoba Aboriginal Circle of Educators Award – Sustaining Our Ways; 2009
Urban Aboriginal Economic Development Award – for Anishinaabe Pedagogy article;
2009 Founded CAEM- Council for Aboriginal Education in Manitoba, affiliated
with the Manitoba Teachers Society; 2001 Canadian Race Relations Award –
Excellence in education; 2000 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, best
Traditional/Contemporary CD; 1997 Governor General Award – Academics.
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-The riding has a history of
electing NDP and Liberal MPs, including notable Liberal Indigenous MPs: Actress
and advocate Tina Keeper and political trailblazer, the late Elijah Harper.
-The current MP is Niki
Ashton the daughter of the provincial NDP Minister Steve Ashton who serves much
of the same region. Niki has been the NDP’s critic for Aboriginal and Northern
Affairs and is also known for her Aboriginal advocacy work.
has a large Aboriginal population, 74.7% of total Canadian citizens in the
riding (2011 Census NHS).
-The riding also has the largest Aboriginal population
out of any riding in Canada with almost 62,000 First Nation, Metis and Inuit
people. It includes several Cree, Metis and Anishinaabe First Nation communities.