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Key First Nations Leader in Manitoba Accused of Sexual Assault

Updated: Jun 6, 2022

In a breaking story, Manitoba's top chief has been accused of sexual assault.

The woman, who worked with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, accused Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of harassment and sexual assault. Her identity is not presently being announced. The Winnipeg Police Service said a formal complaint through the sex crimes unit was filed against Dumas, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

The AMC's executive council of chiefs has since held an emergency meeting to address the allegations.

In the letter, the woman said that "[she] believe there should be urgency in this matter, as I suspect other women of AMC have or are experiencing the same thing."

"My personal experience of harassment and sexual misconduct has created an unsafe work environment where I have been subjugated to gender-based violence," she added.

"I am unable to provide more details to this issue, as a formal complaint has been filed with the Winnipeg Police Service Sex Crimes Unit, but I can confirm from my experience, I was sexually assaulted."

Dumas has been accused of misconduct before, back in 2019, where it was alleged he sent "inappropriate" messages and texts to a 22-year-old woman.

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