One Indigenous issue could topple Conservatives in Manitoba general election and install First Nations premier

 By Shari Narine  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter In a provincial election campaign that has largely neglected Indigenous issues, Real Carriere says it’s one Indigenous issue that has dominated debates and ads that could decide the fate of the ruling Manitoba Progressive Conservatives on Oct. 3. And if the Conservatives lose, New Democratic Party leader Wab Kinew from the Onigaming First Nation in northwestern Ontario, would become the first First Nations person to hold the position of Manitoba premier. John Norquay (Metis) was the first Indigenous person in the position, serving as province’s fifth premier from 1878 to 1887. “Within every election cycle, I think there’s certain issues that compel Indigenous peoples to turn out to vote,” said Carriere, a University of Manitoba assistant professor in political science. “So, this is…

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