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
Splash is back as the host of Denendeh Sunrise, CKLB's morning current affairs program. Campbell was mentored by longtime host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Josh, as he's known professionally by folks across the broadcast industry has worked for CBC North, CKRW the Rush in Yukon, and at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving north for his love of radio and Indigenous culture in 2007, Campbell graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program in Belleville, Ontario the traditional territory of the Tyendinaga Mohawks. Campbell is proud of his Scottish and Irish ancestry. He was born and raised along the Tobique River the home of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet Nation.

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