- Critic for Indigenous Affairs
Ian Bushie is a member of Hollow Water First Nation and a proud father of six children. Born and raised in his community, his traditional name is White Eagle Coming. Ian’s belief system is rooted in community living, building connections, and contributing to the greater good.
Ian has spent his adult life serving his community, including as Chief of Hollow Water from 2004-2008 and as a band councillor before that. He has owned and operated Grandpa George’s Convenience and Gas for over 20 years, and serves as Chairperson of the Board for both Southeast Child and Family Services and Shawenim Abinoojii, an organization offering culturally-appropriate supports to families and children in the southeast region.
Ian is an experienced negotiator and facilitator and has negotiated with the Government of Manitoba to bring better jobs and opportunities to remote communities. This includes through the East Side Road project, which connected isolated communities to the rest of Manitoba through an all-season highway. In the same way, Ian will fight against Brian Pallister’s cuts to health care, especially in the North, and work to bring more services to Indigenous communities in Keewatinook.