May 23, 2014 7:36 am

Winnipeg mayor hopeful brings aboriginal, military background to race

Robert-Falcon Ouellette, program director for University of Manitoba aboriginal focus programs, plans to run for mayor.

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WINNIPEG – Robert-Falcon Ouellette plans to be the seventh person to register as a candidate for mayor of Winnipeg.

Ouellette, the program director for University of Manitoba aboriginal focus programs, will hold an event at 11:45 a.m. Friday at the Caboto Centre where he’ll officially announce his candidacy.

He has a PhD from the University of Laval and served with the Canadian Forces for 15 years in various units. He’s also been a professional musician.

Ouellette is Cree and Métis from Saskatchewan but was raised in Calgary. He’s married and has five children.

He’ll join six other candidates for mayor:

Winnipeggers go to the polls Oct. 22 to elect a new mayor, city council and school trustees.

Current Mayor Sam Katz hasn’t said whether he’ll run for re-election.

Registration for council candidates begins on June 30. School trustee candidates do not have to register but simply complete nomination papers.

RELATED: Winnipeg election 2014

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