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Qalipu First Nation welcomes 1st female chief, as Jenny Brake takes role on acting basis – CBC

by ahnationtalk on December 5, 202343 Views

Dec 04, 2023

Brake hoping to build connections between status and non-status Qalipu members

Qalipu First Nation has selected western vice-chief Jenny Brake to take over the top job on an acting basis after the resignation of longtime chief Brendan Mitchell.

Brake takes over the job with less than a year until the next election, when the membership will vote on a full-time chief.

She’s the first woman to hold the position of chief for Qalipu First Nation. Brake, a welder by trade, said she was a “unicorn” on the job site throughout her 20s.

“I’ve had a lot of thoughts about that because a lot of the roles I’ve taken on in my life have been kind of breaking a glass ceiling around gender diversity and making spaces for women and for Indigenous folks,” she told CBC News. “There’s a lot of women that have come before me in leadership roles in our Indigenous community, and I honour their efforts.”

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