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Dr. Marcia Anderson-Decoteau and Mayor Brian Bowman // Photo by City of Winnipeg

Mayor announces Indigenous Advisory Circle

June 23, 2015 — 

On Monday, June 22, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman (BA(ADV)/96) announced a new Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle to advise on policies the city can implement to build awareness, bridges and understanding between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.

The Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle developed from one of the hundreds of submissions received through Bowman’s website The initiative was created to help “establish a means to educate and create awareness of the rich Aboriginal culture, people and heritage that are at the roots of the city and nation,” according to a city press release.

The circle will meet four times a year with its first meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17 to coincide with an anti-racism summit being hosted at — and in partnership with — the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Led by Wab Kinew (BA/03), the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle includes many members of the University of Manitoba alumni community:

  • Harry Bone, Elder (LLD/13)
  • Justice Murray Sinclair (LLB/79, LLD/02), Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Jamie Wilson (M.Ed/09), Commissioner, Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba
  • Dr. Marcia Anderson-Decoteau (MD/02), associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Kimberley Puhach (Ext Ed/11), Consultant, Leaders and Co
  • EJ Fontaine (Dip Agric/87), President/CEO and founding partners of Anishinabek Consultants Inc.
  • Mae Louise Campbell, Elder
  • Esther Ducharme, Elder
  • Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Chair, Citizens Equity Committee
  • Jessica Dumas, Owner and Founder of Prime Image Life Coaching
  • Damon Johnston, President, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
  • Dee Thomas-Hart, university student, youth representative, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
  • Manley A. Begay Jr. co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic
    Development at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
  • Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor, University of Alberta.
  • Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Development Manager for Manitoba Music, Chair, Aboriginal Music Manitoba
  • Chief Robert Louie, Chief, Westbank First Nation
  • Sean McCormick, CEO and Founder, Manitobah Mukluks
  • Kerri Tattuinee, university student


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