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No First Nations, Métis candidates elected in Alberta – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 201948 Views

April 17, 2019

None of the 19 Indigenous candidates who ran in Alberta’s provincial election Tuesday were successful in their bids for public office.

“I’m discouraged,” said Taz Bouchier, a First Nation candidate for the Green Party in Edmonton. “That speaks really more of the work that needs to be done in this province in trusting the abilities of our Indigenous people to be leaders.”

Racism may also be to blame, said Vincent Rain, an Indigenous rights advocate who placed third in Lesser Slave Lake for the Alberta Party.

“The overall experience was actually pretty horrible,” he said, explaining “it was really tough to swallow sometimes that non-Indigenous individuals in that riding were really cold. People didn’t want to really shake my hand.”

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