NDP Announces Commission

Winnipeg, MB – Manitoba New Democrats announced the appointment of two women that will lead the Commission to Establish a Safe and Respectful Political Environment. The Commission is tasked with investigating the experiences of staff and elected officials who were subject to sexual harassment and misconduct.

The commission will be led by Kemlin Nembhard and Sandra Delaronde. Biographies for both are attached.

The goals of the commission will be:

a. To provide a safe and confidential environment for current and former employees, current or former party members, or stakeholders to share, on a voluntary basis, their experiences, either as someone who witnessed misconduct or was the subject of misconduct, towards a goal of preventing these things from happening again;

b. To identify the systemic failures of the work environment that allowed incidents of harassment and misconduct to occur;

c. To develop recommendations for the NDP to build a harassment-free environment where everyone feels safe and respected, and;

d. To provide recommendations to ensure that proper policies and protocols needed are in place to ensure that anyone who experiences harassment has a clear and supportive path to have it stopped and addressed.

The commission will begin work in the coming weeks and expects to conclude by the end of April 2018, with an interim report scheduled to be presented to the NDP convention in May 2018.

Those who wish to participate in the commission may reach out via a confidential email at commission@todaysndp.ca. This email is accessible only to commissioners, and any information shared will be kept confidential. Dates and times for meetings will be set as individuals reach out to the commissioners.

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Commissioner Biographies:

Sandra DeLaronde is an Indigenous women who was repatriated to Cross Lake First Nation as a result of the McIvor decision and Bill C-31. She is currently the co-chair of the Coalition for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and the Executive Director of the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Institute. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation from 2001 – 2013.

Kemlin Nembhard served as the executive director of the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association from 2008 until 2017. Prior to that, she held positions as the Senior Project Manager and Policy Analyst with Intergovernmental Affairs, and worked in the Community Economic Development Committee of Cabinet from 2007 – 2008. She currently serves on several boards, including the West End Cultural Centre, CKUW 95.9 FM community radio station and Herizons Magazine. She has previously served with the Friends of Sherbrook Pool, the West End Commons, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Seed Winnipeg, the Workers of Colour Support Network, the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, the Women’s Health Clinic, Grassroots Women, and CHO!CES: A Coalition for Social Justice.