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Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs elect new Grand Chief

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The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has elected Cathy Merrick as its newest Grand Chief and she becomes the first woman to serve in the role – Oct 26, 2022

After the second round of voting, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) has elected Cathy Merrick as its newest Grand Chief.

Merrick received 37 out of 59 votes in the second round. She replaces former Grand Chief Arlen Dumas who was removed as Grand Chief by the AMC over sexual assault allegations.

Newly elected Grand Chief Merrick is the first woman to be elected as Grand Chief of the AMC.

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Grand Chief Merrick served as Councilor and Chief of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation and she says she intends to work towards bettering the lives of all Indigenous peoples in Manitoba.

The AMC represents 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba.

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Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson congratulated Merrick in a release, saying she looks forward to working with Grand Chief Merrick, and continuing to grow the relationship between the Manitoba government and the AMC

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