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Arlen Dumas is no longer the AMC Grand Chief

Arlen Dumas is no longer AMC's Grand Chief

Key Takeaways:

  • Arlen Dumas’ removal as grand chief was decided by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs at a meeting held in secret in Winnipeg.
  • His lawyer was questioned three times, but according to McLean, he never even made an effort to respond.

A Manitoban indigenous chief accused of sexual harassment was fired on Friday.

In a meeting held behind closed doors in Winnipeg, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs decided to remove Arlen Dumas as grand chief. After a staff member complained about Dumas’s actions in May, he had already been placed on unpaid leave.

After the non-confidence vote among the chiefs, which was approved by a vote of 30 to 13, interim grand chief Cornell McLean said, “There are policies that need to be put in place and women who need to be protected.”

“You cannot in way, shape, or form abuse your authority of trust when you are a leader in your society.”

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In a press release earlier this week, Dumas stated that the charge was untrue and that he was seeking trauma therapy.

He did not attend the conference on Friday, and The Canadian Press could not get in touch with him. His email account’s automated response stated that he was out of the province.

Three inquiries were made to his legal counsel, but McLean said that he never even attempted to answer.

An independent review into the harassment claim discovered Dumas had participated in workplace sexual harassment.

Dumas had dealt with complaints in the past. He took a temporary leave of lack from his position in 2019 after an Indigenous woman said he attempted to seek a romantic relationship with her by creating a phoney online persona.

Arlen Dumas is no longer AMC's Grand Chief
Arlen Dumas is no longer AMC’s Grand Chief. Image from CBC News

Friday, McLean apologized on behalf of the assembly to the two women. A group of Indigenous women who had gathered outside the closed-door meeting applauded his remarks.

“As far as the chiefs are worried, this is a significant step for us. They’re prepared to support us now, “Lillian Cook, a member of the Sagkeeng First Nation, spoke up.

The ladies are hesitant to speak up because of the widespread abuse and harassment.

Dumas was chosen as grand chief for the first time in 2017 and then again in 2018.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs represents 62 First Nations in the province.

The Canadian Press initially released this article on August 5, 2022.

Source: CTV News

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