Nahanni Fontaine is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishnaabe First Nation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies and International Development from the University of Winnipeg and a Masters Degree in Native Studies, Critical Theory and Women’s Studies from the University of Manitoba. Nahanni is an internationally recognized expert on missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited (MMIWG2S); Indigenous/police relations; Indigenous women and girls human rights; and gender equity in politics.
Nahanni was first elected in 2016 and serves as the Official Opposition’s House Leader - only the second woman to hold said position in Manitoba’s history. Nahanni’s expertise guided the NDP in delaying the PC’s wage freeze legislation, forced the government to drop their harmful legislative agenda, including Bill 64, and established an Indigenous land acknowledgement to be read in the Chamber each day.
As the NDP Critic for Justice, Nahanni raises the issues of high incarceration rates for Indigenous Peoples and youth; the use of solitary confinement; cuts to restorative justice programs; and the need for better PPE for correctional officers and citizens housed in correctional facilities.
Since 2016, Nahanni has had three pieces of legislation pass, one which set aside an official Provincial Day to honour MMIWG and their families and one which prohibited employers from forcing women workers to wear inappropriate and unsafe footwear, alongside, a Provincial Day recognizing shelters/rescues and all those on the frontlines of animal rescue.
Nahanni is a devoted mother to two sons, Jonah and Niniichaanis, and her sweet dog, Chilly Dog.
Constituency Office: 1763 Main St, Winnipeg, R3L 2T9
Phone Number: 204-582-1550
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