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Nellie Cournoyea: First Native woman to head Canadian government

The political process of Canada's Northwest Territories is as unique as its landscape. There are no political parties. Instead, candidates are elected by the community based largely on family ties and personality. The N.W.T. has seen dramatic changes from its days of "benign neglect" before 1950 to the evolution of its current consensus-style of government. Deeply rooted in native tradition, the Northwest Territories' distinct form of government has been described as the most interesting parliamentary system in the world.

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An interview with Nellie Cournoyea.
Medium: Radio
Program: Morningside
Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1991
Guest(s): Nellie Cournoyea
Host: Linden MacIntyre
Duration: 14:11

Last updated: November 26, 2012

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