Standing on the banks of the Bow River in Treaty 7 territory on Sunday, Marilyn North Peigan introduced her candidacy for Calgary’s upcoming municipal election.
The Blackfoot lady and member of the Piikani Nation is operating in Ward 7, which incorporates the downtown core and Chinatown.
She made the announcement on Feb. 14 — which is the annual Girls’s Memorial March honouring lacking and murdered Indigenous girls and women — with North Peigan explaining she selected the date as a tribute to the nationwide inquiry.
North Peigan mentioned she needs to amp up variety and enhance illustration on council.
“We have to have completely different views, and we have to have individuals who mirror our neighborhood sitting on the desk,” she mentioned.
“For me, the roadmap to the long run is in reconciliation, and people are the problems that we needs to be discussing as a neighborhood. Doesn’t matter what color you’re; all of us are treaty folks.”
Utilizing the Reconciliation Bridge because the backdrop of her announcement was no accident. North Peigan defined that the bridge was renamed in 2017 following suggestions within the White Goose Flying Report, which was Calgary’s response to the Reality and Reconciliation Fee.
North Peigan mentioned she was a part of the citizen advisory committee that produced the White Goose Flying Report.
She was appointed to the Calgary Police Fee in 2017.
“I’ve confirmed to be an skilled and efficient neighborhood builder right here in Calgary,” she mentioned.
Heather McRae and Daria Bogdanov are additionally operating in Ward 7, in response to Elections Calgary.
Ward 7 incumbent Coun. Druh Farrell has not introduced her intentions.
Calgarians vote on Oct. 18.
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