Betty Nippi-Albright is heading to Regina to take on Scott Moe and the Saskatchewan Party’s new majority government.
Nippi-Albright who is Saulteaux and Cree from Kinistin First Nation, took the riding of Saskatoon Centre.
She also went to residential school.
“When I worked in the health sector I realized in order for indigenous women to have some changes in our lives we need to stepping up so I went back to school to finish my masters degree in political studies so I know how policies work.”
Nippi-Albright says she will be advocating for mental health, addictions services and employment opportunities.
“We need to keep our people employed here in Saskatchewan trades they have to leave the province to find work we need people employed here,” she said
Scott Moe led his Saskatchewan Party into rare territory Monday winning a fourth straight majority for the longest-serving government in the country.
In his victory speech, Moe said he would govern for all residents, including those who didn’t vote for him.
“This has been an election like no other in our lifetimes,” the 47-year-old said, standing next to his wife, Krista at his virtual victory speech. “It was challenging for all of the candidates and the campaign volunteers who had to find new ways to reach their voters and to reach them safely.
“We’re eager to build a strong economy, strong communities, strong families, and a strong Saskatchewan for everyone.”
It was the third provincial election held during the COVID-19 pandemic and the third to see the incumbent party triumph. Last month, Premier Blaine Higgs and the Progressive Conservatives in New Brunswick went from a minority to a majority government. John Horgan’s NDP did the same in British Columbia on Saturday.
At dissolution, the Saskatchewan Party held 46 seats to 13 for the NDP. There were two vacancies.
Moe promised to balance the books by the 2024-2025 fiscal year, while keeping the economy going and creating jobs through tax and rebate incentives.
For Betty Nippi-Albright, she hopes that all people in Saskatchewan will have a chance to be heard and work together.
“I will use my strengths of building relationships as well as bridging those relationships between mainstream and Indigenous people to work together for the people of Saskatchewan,” she said.