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UniverCity resident and federal civil servant Mikelle Sasakamoose made history Saturday when she won a seat on the school board, becoming the first Indigenous person ever to be elected to political office in Burnaby.
For the first time in its 130-year history, the municipality of Burnaby will have an Indigenous politician serving in elected office.
Trustee-elect Mikelle Sasakamoose, a member of the NDP-aligned Burnaby Citizens Association, won a seat on the Burnaby school board Saturday, garnering 14,972 votes in the provincewide municipal elections.
“Through this campaign, I really stuck to my values and beliefs,” Sasakamoose told the NOW at the BCA’s election night headquarters Saturday, “and to be elected tells me that the majority of people in Burnaby have those same values and same beliefs, and to me that is really inspiring.”
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