Wab Kinew Becomes First Indigenous Premier of a Canadian Province
October 24, 2023
Wab Kinew (Onigaming) has officially become Manitoba's 25th premier and the first First Nations premier of a Canadian province, introducing the most diverse cabinet in the province's history following a traditional swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday.
Kinew, a former broadcaster and university administrator, led the New Democratic Party (NDP) to victory on October 3rd and defeated the Progressive Conservatives, who have been in power for seven years. The NDP captured 34 of the 57 legislature seats on election night. Ten of those 34 members of the legislative assembly are Indigenous.
Kinew's 15-member cabinet, for the first time ever, includes two First Nation women: Nahanni Fontaine (Sagkeeng Anishinaabe), the party's house leader who is serving her third term and is now the minister of families; and Bernadette Smith (Anishinaabe/Metis), who is ministering of housing, addiction, and homelessness.