Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs elects first female leader, Cathy Merrick
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs elects first female leader, Cathy Merrick

 By Brittany Hobson THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG- A woman will lead the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for the first time in its nearly 35-year history. Chiefs in the province chose Cathy Merrick on Wednesday as the advocacy group’s next grand chief. Seven candidates were vying for the position during a byelection after the organization removed previous leader Arlen Dumas over sexual harassment allegations. Merrick won on the second ballot with 37 out of 59 votes during the organization’s annual general assembly in Winnipeg. “I will work hard for our people. I will work hard for the small communities that think they don’t have a voice. I will work hard for our nations to be represented in the assembly,” she said after being declared the winner. Merrick is a councillor and

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