Daughters of the Vote- inspiring NWT Women to enter politics

Jacq Brasseur, Kiera Boulanger-Rowe, Jaylene Delorme-Buggins, and Olivia Villebrun at the Daughters of the Vote event in Yellowknife - Photo credit Josh Campbell

Nineteen young women from across the NWT got a crash course in politics this past week from Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green and the Minister responsible for the Status of Women Caroline Cochrane.

Hay River’s Jaylene Delorme-Buggins says the program has helped changed her perspective on becoming a leader.

“I believe differently, I believe women can be as equal as men in anything they do,” said Delorme-Buggins.

Yellowknife’s Jacq Brasseur says the fight for equality continues.

“Women are not strong women by actling like men. We bring something unique into the room when we’re talking about political ideas,” explained Brasseur.

Hay River’s Kiera Boulanger-Rowe adds she was refreshed to sit among current female leaders, and hopes to see more women elected to the 19th Assembly.

“I think both women and men should be running and be equally represented in the chamber and parliament,” Boulanger-Rowe added.

Olivia Villebrun of Fort Smith will be attending the national event in Ottawa and will be sitting in NWT MP Michael McLeod’s seat in the House of Commons on International Women’s Day on March 8th.


About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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