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Historic Win: Melanie Mark Is First Indigenous Woman Elected to B.C. Legislature


Melanie Mark has made history as the first indigenous woman ever elected to the British Columbia legislature, trouncing the competition with more than 60 percent of the vote in a February 2 by-election.

The Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Ojibway and Cree mother of two knocked out Green Party candidate Pete Fry and the B.C. Liberals’ Gavin Dew in a race to replace Jenny Kwan, who was elected as a federal Member of Parliament last fall after 20 years serving as a provincial legislator. Mark will sit as the representative for Vancouver–Mount Pleasant, a New Democratic Party (NDP) stronghold since 1991.



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