Exiting grand chief in Alberta vows to keep fighting for MMIW – APTN

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Exiting grand chief in Alberta vows to keep fighting for MMIW – APTN

by ahnationtalk on July 17, 2015210 Views

July 17, 2015

Confederacy of Treaty 6 Grand Chief Bernice Martial says she will continue to be a strong advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women as her nine-month tenure as grand chief comes to an end in a couple weeks.

Martial was the first ever female elected to the position of chief in the Treaty 6 confederacy. She was elected into the interim position last fall taking the place that was previously filled by the now Assembly of First Nations regional Grand Chief Craig Mackinaw. Martial said her role as grand chief is rotated yearly throughout the tribal chief members.

A few months into serving as grand chief, Martial made national headlines when she called for the resignation of Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt for placing the blame of MMIW on Indigenous men. Valcourt’s statement was then backed by a report released by the RCMP that was met with much controversy when it appeared to link violence against Indigenous women to their male counterparts.

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