- Do you live in the North End? Which neighbourhood and for how long?
No I do not live in NE bodily, but spiritually I do as I have worked in the area on Indigenous, child and family, economic and women’s issues for over 20 years. I worked at the Neeginan formerly called the Aboriginal Center, the Aboriginal Senior Resource Center of Winnipeg and was the former VP of the Elizabeth Fry Society to name just a few of my associations. Plus, my parents were long time North End. They lived on Pritchard Avenue. To be Indigenous in the city of Winnipeg, is to be a part of the North End…to be a part of the circle. And I am part of that circle.
- How have you supported local business?
Median Credit Union member for over 20 years, use to shop at Neechi commons when it was still operating, and buy arts and crafts from Indigenous artists often. And I having been buying bread from City Bread on Dufferin for many, many years.
- How have you supported families who struggle with poverty, child welfare and housing insecurity?
On a professional level I have taught Indigenous content courses at most post secondary institutions in Winnipeg and Athabasca University online. Through all of these courses I have taught about the history of colonization in Canada and how that has impacted Indigenous people and non-Indigenous people alike. For example, I have taught in the CFS program at Yellowquill College and Aboriginal Focus Program at U of M to name just a couple.
On a personal and volunteer level I have helped many single mothers by offering them rides, food and advocacy with the CFS system. Having been a single mother myself, I know the struggles so I try to reach out as much as I can.
- What is your favorite North End landmark?
Old CPP building which now houses the Neeginan formerly known as the Aboriginal Center and/or Thunderbird House and/or Urban Circle Building.
- What is you plan to address climate change?
Not to vote for the PCs = and to provide education forums encouraging people to take individual actions to fight climate change. We cannot merely point fingers at our leaders without getting on board ourselves. We have to leave our cars at home more often, take a bus, ride a bike and/or walk to our destinations. We have to recycle, compost and cut down on our use of plastics and other substances that are harmful to the environment, like products containing high levels of phosphorus. It is not just about carbon emissions…there is plenty we can do as individuals in addition to lobbying government.
- Do you support restorative justice?
Yes I more than support restorative justice. If I am elected I will push for a revamp of the justice system in Canada to support the principles of restorative justice because it worked for pre-colonially for indigenous groups and can work for Indigenous and non-indigenous people today. have discussed these principles in a article I wrote with Kathy Mallett entitled Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice Services of Winnipeg: An Alternative Sentencing Program in No Place for Violence: Canadian Aboriginal.
And they are a bit lengthy and complex to discuss here in detail other than to say that those principles are based on a wholistic worldview.
Where the inherent connections between all living and non-living entities are honored.
Where a belief in the circularity of life in a reciprocal, collective manner is the focus, rather than a focus on a deviant individual that needs to be punitively punished for his/her wrongdoings.
High rates of recidivism indicate the current system is flawed. An increase in violent and hate crimes today indicate something is not working. A criminal justice system based on a belief that criminals can and do reform is needed. With restorative justice practices, the criminal offender and victim are brought together to heal…it is this coming together for the greater good of everyone, that will help improve our society.
- How do you believe we can best tackle the trauma crisis & harmful substance use amongst youth?
A wholistically based answer is complex and lengthy because the issues that lead to youth substance abuse are interconnected and varied. They span the personal, interpersonal, and environmental realms including the cosmos. And within those areas it gets even more complicated. For example, on a personal level, it is important to examine the psychological, intellectual, spiritual and social makeup of an individual to understand why they abuse drugs and other substances in the first place. The implications for that one suggestion are enormous in terms of developing a means to go about that evaluation of just one piece of the puzzle. But definitely, more and free mental health resources are needed. Our youth are suffering and it is up to us as a society to address their needs immediately. I am disgusted with the current conditions here in Winnipeg.
- Tell me a joke!
On right and left politics….
“What if I told you the left wing and the right wing belong to the same bird?”
On changing the time back and forward
“Only the Government would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it to the bottom, and get a longer blanket.”
- Share a photo with me and describe it in 100 words or less!
This is a picture of my three youngest grandchildren, Camden, Caden and Hope. I have one older grandchild named Melissa who is not in this picture. Everything I do in life and in my campaign, I do for them and all children because they, like all children inherit the world we leave them. We therefore must protect all that is good – the air, water, earth, animals, plants and so, because we need them to survive, and so do future generations. A vote for me on October 21st, is a vote for integrity, innovation and change. The kind of change that will preserve the planet to ensure prosperous futures for our children.
- Why should people vote for you?
People should vote for me because I am the only candidate in Winnipeg North that can voice their concerns without being kicked out of a party, the way some were for disagreeing with the Liberal Prime Minister. I also firmly believe that no mainstream political party adequately represents an Indigenous and multi cultural worldview fitting the make up of Winnipeg North. While I do agree with the beliefs and principles of some of them, none of their ideologies capture all of my beliefs. My ideological system is wholistic, inclusive and all encompassing. I am sure many of you also feel this way and are therefore dissatisfied with the way your needs are constantly ignored by mainstream politicians. Running as an Independent will allow me to broach topics that other parties ignore…for example my campaign will be framed by a positive agenda that has the potential to create a better society for all of us. I will be focussing on issues related to our overall well being first and foremost – the climate, economics and mental health. Addressing issues, such as problems in the CFS and Welfare systems in addition to immigrant/refugee concerns, homelessness, and addressing crime, gangs and youth issues wholistically, are also pillars of my platform. All in all, I am running a positive, energetic and eye opening campaign to highlight social, economic and political issues in North Winnipeg.