A lifelong New Democrat, BERNADETTE SMITH is the current Assistant Director of WayFinders Program in the Seven Oaks School Division, and hopes to continue the good works, community-building initiatives and social justice advocacy championed by the NDP for Point Douglas' constituency, its residents and for Manitobans altogether.
Bernadette is the co-founder of both the Manitoba Coalition of Families of Missing and Murdered Women in Manitoba (CFMMWM) and the Drag the Red Initiative, and, what’s more, annually organizes the No Stone Unturned Concert for Missing and Murdered in Manitoba. Bernadette’s sister, Claudette Osborne, has been missing from Winnipeg since 2008.
For her longstanding work in the areas of MMIWG, violence prevention, women’s and Indigenous rights, children and youth advocacy and anti-poverty activism, Bernadette was recently recognized with the Order of Manitoba, alongside other distinctions, including Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Oscar Lathlin Memorial Award and the Aboriginal Circle of Educators Young Leaders Award. She is also a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and Co-chairperson of Manitoba Moon Voices.
She is the honoured Indigenous mother of Aron (25), Matthew (23) and Makena (14), and grandmother to Ellie (4) and Jaelynn (2).
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