Manitoba

AMC lists candidates seeking grand chief post

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has announced the names of candidates hoping to be the next leader of the organization.

Release of list was delayed 'to ensure procedural fairness'

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, headquartered in downtown Winnipeg, represents 62 of the 63 First Nations in the province, advocating on behalf of more than 151,000 people. (Google Street View)

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has announced the names of candidates hoping to be the next leader of the organization

The candidates are competing in a byelection called to replace former AMC grand chief Arlen Dumas, who was stripped of his title earlier this year over allegations of sexual assault and harassment.

The candidates are:

  • Eugene Eastman.
  • Jennifer Flett.
  • George Kemp.
  • Cathy Merrick.
  • Cora Morgan.
  • Sheila North.
  • Darrell N. Shorting.

A vote is planned for Oct. 26, the second day of the assembly's three-day convention at the Garden Hotel Airport in Long Plain First Nation, the AMC said in a news release on Tuesday.

 An all-candidates forum is planned for the day before the vote.

The list was supposed to be released Monday, but that afternoon the AMC issued a statement saying it had been postponed to Wednesday "to ensure procedural fairness," though no explanation of that was provided.

Dumas, first elected AMC grand chief in 2017, was re-elected in July 2021 at the AMC's annual general assembly. His two opponents at the time were Sheila North and David Harper.

The AMC represents 62 of the 63 First Nations in the province, advocating on behalf of more than 151,000 people.

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