Indigenous candidates running in 3 Alberta cities for first time

Martin Heavy Head is 32, a member of the Blood Tribe, studying psychology, philosophy, and political science in University and is one of a number of Indigenous candidates running in Alberta’s upcoming municipal election.

Video Journalist / Calgary

Tamara is Métis from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She received a diploma in interactive media arts at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon and has worked as a videographer for CBC in Winnipeg and Iqaluit. Tamara was hired by APTN in 2016 as a camera/editor and is now a video journalist in our Calgary bureau.

9 thoughts on “Indigenous candidates running in 3 Alberta cities for first time

  1. My wife Debbie and I voted for Michelle Robinson at a advance poll in Calgary. Today Debbie shared on her Facebook Timeline a Calgary Herald article published October 9, 2017, “Representation and reconciliation: Why city council needs to evolve” and she wrote:

    “I voted for Michelle Robinson. Her several years of positive community volunteering and social justice advocacy efforts in Canada and for Canadians is nothing short of amazing! Calgary Ward 10 vote for Michelle and everyone help spread the word about her to all of Calgary!”

  2. We have at least two Indigenous candidates for councillor in Edmonton – Miranda Jimmy and Aaron Paquette!

  3. Many of us sit back and hope for change and in that hope we believe that things will only get better. These four individuals are a prime example of what we tend to forget and that is putting action to those things we hope for. Congratulations to all four and wish them all the best as they forge ahead. Their decision to get involved demonstrates the need to apply and bring the truth of the term “Inclusiveness” in action. Their journey is ours to witness and to encourage.

  4. Personally, I hope Martin Heavy Head wins the election! He is intelligent, thoughtful, well-read, discerning and a critical thinker. He questions EVERYTHING! He’s observant. As a former university professor, he embodies ALL the qualities I wished for, for my students. I’m not at all surprised he is upsetting the status quo……I say, good on him! Best of luck, Martin! Tobacco down, smoke up…prayer that victory is yours, because if it is, it’s your city’s victory, too!

  5. I’m a First Nations elected official running for re-election in Alberta Beach. As far as I’m aware I’m also the first person of native decent to be elected in my community.

    1. It’s unfortunate that it took until the 21st century for an Aboriginal to be elected! Welcome to “Pure and Humble Canada!” Where EVERYONE gets EQUAL TREATMENT!

  6. I guess it’s about time.

    Good to set an example for the youth. Just don’t lose.

    Lack of leadership? I thought the NDP was taking on that mantle.

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