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How an Indigenous voice on London’s next city council could make a difference – CBC

Oct 11, 2022

Indingenous people are one of the fastest growing minorities in the city

First Nation scholars and advocates say if an Indigenous voice was to be elected to London city council, it would go a long way to help the 11,000 Indigenous people in the city, and it would also build a more inclusive city hall by adding diversity to a mostly white council some criticize as racially unrepresentative of the city at large.

Danalynn Williams, 55, is running for councillor in Ward 14 against Steve Hillier and Sarah Lehman. Unlike her opponents, Williams is Indigenous. She hopes to leverage her cultural identity as a way to distinguish herself from the other contenders.

“It’s not a diverse city council and I’d like to see that diversity there,” she said. “I’m very proud to say that I’m First Nation. I think it’s about time we start speaking for ourselves and standing up and saying ‘we are here’ and ‘we are capable’ and able to take on roles that we once were spoken for.”

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