Irshadgul News report,
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs has voted to remove suspended Grand Chief Arlene Dumas, and publicly apologized to two women who came forward with sexual misconduct allegations.
At a special general meeting held in Winnipeg on Friday, dozens of Manitoba chiefs voted a no-confidence vote to officially remove Dumas from his position, following allegations of sexual assault and assault by an employee.
Interim Grand Chief Cornell McLean told CBC News that 30 voted in favor of removing the Grand Chief, and 13 voted against it.
“On behalf of the Assembly, we have to [apologize]Because we need to protect them from things like this,” McLean said.
Dumas was suspended in March Pending an investigation into allegations that he had engaged in sexual harassment at the workplace and sexually assaulted an employee, who was anonymous at the time. The employee filed a police report, but no charges have been filed.
McLean apologizes to Shauna Fontaine, who appear in public as the employee who filed the complaint in June, and expressed dismay at the response of the AMC and the police to its report.
He also apologized to Bethany Maytweshing, who in 2019 accused Dumas of sending him inappropriate text messages.
In response to Fontaine’s allegations, the Assembly ordered a third-party investigation, which found Dumas engaged in sexual harassment at the workplace.
Earlier this week, Dumas announced that he would be seeking “trauma-based treatment to begin healing not only from the events of the past five months, but also from trauma of a lifetime,” he said in a statement. said in the news release.
He did not appear in the special general meeting on Friday, despite the AMC asking its lawyers to appear virtually.
Dumas was first elected as Grand Chief of AMC in 2017 and was re-elected last summer.