In Episode 7 of Ellected, Nahanni Fontaine and Sarah discuss the lack of representation of Indigenous women in the Manitoba legislature, and who our Canadian parliamentary systems and buildings are for. They also discuss question period, parliamentary language, working within the systems when speaking out on issues, and the ongoing crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirited.
Nahanni Fontaine is the Manitoba NDP House Leader of the Official Opposition and Critic for Justice, Spokesperson for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S) and Spokesperson for Veterans Affairs Nahanni has been the MLA for St. Johns since 2016. She is a nationally recognized expert on Indigenous women in Canada and has helped to bring international attention to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, Indigenous/police relations, and women’s representation in politics. She is proud to be Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation.