March 27, 2019
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Support for Leah Gazan Surging in Advance of Sunday’s Nomination Vote


Support for Leah Gazan Surging in Advance of Sunday’s Nomination Vote

WINNIPEG - Wednesday, March 27, 2019: On the heels of Tuesday’s rally for Bill C-262, which brought an overflow crowd of 700 people together at Canadian Mennonite University, Leah Gazan is showing her strength as an organizer and community leader working for change. As she prepares for the Winnipeg Centre nomination meeting Sunday, March 31, 2:00 p.m. at Knox United Church she is seeing her support continue to grow and solidify.

In just two months, the well-known human rights leader and educator has signed up hundreds of new NDP members who have heard her platform of human rights and climate justice, and want in. Through dozens of gatherings in Winnipeg Centre living rooms, coffee shops and gathering spaces, both new and long time NDP members have committed to carrying this fresh and energetic movement through the nomination, and all the way to this fall’s federal election.

A member of the Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, Gazan was raised in Winnipeg by parents who were organisers with the CCF, and raised in and around political organising, including historic wins like those of Cyril Keeper, Myrna Phillips and Muriel Smith. A steadfast advocate, Gazan has been a University of Winnipeg faculty member; the president of the Social Planning Council; and served on the board of governors of Red River College and the Taxi Cab Board. Over the past three years, she has been a lead, cross country organiser to push Bill C-262 through the House of Commons -- a bill that, once it passes the Senate, will bring Canadian law in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Gazan’s breadth of work, and commitment to put community at the centre of decision-making have earned her endorsements across the spectrum of local to national leadership from people excited about her bid, and this next step of her work as a leader in making change.

Below: A photo of the crowd at the event Manitobans for Bill C-262 on Tuesday, March 26 at Canadian Mennonite University. Leah Gazan was a panelist along with Paul Joffe, Jennifer Preston. Also at the event: Bill C-262 sponsor MP Romeo Saganash, elder Gramma Shingoose, musicians Fred Penner and Ray "Coco" Stevenson, with MC Steve Bell. Photo: Steve Heinrichs


Alexandre Boulerice, Deputy Leader of Federal NDP

Cora Wiens, Eadha Bakery

Cheryl James, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Cecil Sveinson, Community Worker and Former Winnipeg Police Service Officer

Ellen Kruger, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Mitch Bourbonniere, Educator and Social Worker

Anna Weier, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Bev Peters and barb janes, Winnipeg Centre Residents

Brielle Beardy Linklater, Two Spirit Advocate and Winnipeg Centre Resident

Gord Johns, Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni

Hazim Ismail, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Ella Taylor, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Allen Mankewich, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Tyler Blashko, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Former NDP Member of Parliament

Richelle North Star Scott, Community Worker

Boyd Poncelet, Advocate and Activist

Abdikeir Ahmed, Community Worker

Basia Sokal, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Zoe Cressman, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Milena Lye, Business Owner and Winnipeg Centre Resident

Lorie English, Community Worker

Ashlyn Haglund, Community Worker

Aimee Craft, Indigenous Lawyer and Law Professor

Jim Silver, Professor, University of Winnipeg

Myrna Phillips, Former Member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

Paul Moist, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Geraldine (Gramma) Shingoose, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Noelle DePape, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Abby Heinrichs, Winnipeg Centre Resident

Niki Ashton, Member of Parliament for Churchill- Keewatinook Aski

Nathan Cullen, Member of Parliament for Skeena- Bulkley Valley

Rachel Blaney, Member of Parliament for North Island, Powell River