Nahanni Fontaine

NDP candidate in the St. Johns Winnipeg race.

Nahanni can be reached on social media,at [email protected],or by calling 204-219-3938.

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Questionnaire Response

Nahanni Fontaine - St. Johns

1. Why did you decide to run in the Manitoba election?

I ran in 2016 for public office because representation matters in our elected officials. It is critical our Legislatures across Canada look like the citizens they represent. I ran because I believe Legislatures across Canada, and more specifically, in Manitoba, must have more progressive, feminist women elected. This time around, I’m running to stand up against Brian Pallister’s health care cuts. I’m fighting to reopen the Seven Oaks ER so St. Johns families can get the emergency care they need, when they need it.

2. Why should a voter consider electing you to represent them?

Before entering politics, I worked as Special Advisor on Indigenous Women’s Issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee of Cabinet of Manitoba. I’ve worked within the Indigenous political system as the Director of Justice for the Southern Chiefs Organization; as well as, for my home community of Sagkeeng First Nation as an Environmental Researcher and taught in the University of Manitoba’s Native Studies Department as an Sessional Instructor to name but a few. I have been honoured with a variety of awards including the YMCA’s Women of Distinction Award and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. I’ve had the absolute privilege of representing St. Johns in the Legislature for the last 3 years and I want to continue being a strong voice for the community.

3. What key issue(s) / topic(s) will you stand for in your role as MLA, and why are these important to you?

By far, the most critical issues facing/concerning the constituents of St. Johns is healthcare (the closure of the Seven Oaks ER) and climate change. It has been heartbreaking hearing St. Johns constituents’ stories of family members navigating Pallister’s chaotic healthcare changes. One St. Johns resident told me a story of his sister who, while visiting their mother in the Victoria Hospital, had a stroke. Even though his sister was in a hospital when the stroke occurred, she was sent by transportation vehicle (not an ambulance) to the Health Science Centre. When she arrived she was turned away from HSC, so then transported to St. Boniface where she later died. It’s just one of the many heartbreaking stories that Pallister’s destruction and chaos have caused for St. Johns families.

4. Do you have any other comments regarding your candidacy?

My 2019 campaign is dedicated to Jordan Thomas, the St. John’s High School football quarterback who was tragically murdered in December of 2017. Throughout this 2019 campaign, I remained focused on Jordan and the life he should have been afforded. My responsibility as an elected official, and someone seeking office, is to continue to make change and work on behalf of all Manitoba children and youth ensuring they live the best possible life, we, as adults, can ensure including the right to be safe. Jordan was so loved by his family and they have shown such great strength, resiliency and courage these last years and I’m so honoured to know them.

News that mentions Nahanni Fontaine

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SAD ANNIVERSARY: Families of missing and murdered seek answers to what happened

July 17, 2021

Winnipeg Sun - ...same response. Every call should be considered critical.” Photo by Kevin King / Winnipeg Sun And Smith’s colleague and long-time friend NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine, who is the NDP spokesperson for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit people, said there needs to be a far better realization...

Archbishop, Manitoba Liberal leader meet on residential schools apology

July 15, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ...of healing, reconciliation and justice," Lamont wrote. In response, the archbishop issued a public invitation to Lamont, along with invitations to Nahanni Fontaine (NDP MLA for St. Johns) and Dan Vandal (Winnipeg Liberal MP and northern affairs minister). The meeting with Lamont was positive, the archbishop...

Independent panel to direct $5M to assist Manitoba crime victims

July 13, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ... "We have not had any really in-depth conversations, and now we can start to have discussions about what's missing," he said. NDP justice critic Nahanni Fontaine said she hopes the funding makes up for unfilled positions within victim services. "I don't think that anybody would argue with the fact that...

Judge in church challenge of COVID restrictions says he was followed by PI

July 12, 2021

Winnipeg Sun - ...and condemnation for the JCCF’s actions from the Canadian and Manitoba Bar Associations, Justice Minister Cameron Frieson, NDP Justice Critic Nahanni Fontaine and Provincial Court of Manitoba Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe. In a statement, Wiebe called it “shocking and an affront to the democratic principles...

Letters, July 8

July 8, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ...he might begin by rethinking the conditions of the invitations he has issued to MP Dan Vandal, Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and MLA Nahanni Fontaine. They certainly are not conditions that will lend themselves to an atmosphere of trustful dialogue, but rather put him in a position of power and...

Responsibility for court worker program shifting to Indigenous organizations

July 7, 2021

Thompson Citizen - ...the federal government and keep going.” Even if the funding is slightly higher than it has been, it is still inadequate, said NDP justice critic Nahanni Fontaine. “Indigenous people who come into contact with the justice system deserve support to help them navigate the system and advocate for...

Manitoba premier says statues will be rebuilt

July 7, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ...on which the legislature is built and on which the City of Winnipeg now lies," interim Grand Chief Leroy Constant said in a prepared statement. Nahanni Fontaine, who is Indigenous and the justice critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said Pallister was revising history. "Reconciliation is impossible when...

Manitoba premier says statues will be rebuilt

July 7, 2021

CTV - ...on which the legislature is built and on which the City of Winnipeg now lies," interim Grand Chief Leroy Constant said in a prepared statement. Nahanni Fontaine, who is Indigenous and the justice critic for the Opposition New Democrats, said Pallister was revising history. "Reconciliation is impossible when...

Letters, July 5

July 5, 2021

Winnipeg Free Press - ...of the above quote, I am extending an invitation to meet MP Dan Vandal, provincial Liberal leader Dougald Lamont and provincial NDP justice critic Nahanni Fontaine to discuss the issues they each raise. My office is currently contacting all three of these public representatives to set this up. I will ask that...

‘Healing’ encampment at legislature grows after discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves

June 30, 2021

Winnipeg Sun - ...We’ve got rattles – the Anishinaabe way of healing.” Mann Scott said the only MLA to visit the camp as of Tuesday evening was NDP House Leader Nahanni Fontaine, adding it’s women who are currently standing in solidarity. “Where are the men?” she said. “My chief is a man from the band. Where is he?...

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