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BRANTFORD – On Tuesday July 28th, NDP MP Jean Crowder (Nanaimo-Cowichan) will join Brantford-Brant Federal NDP Candidate Marc Laferriere for a day of outreach with Six Nations of The Grand River and Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nations.

Crowder and Laferriere will be holding several meetings during their upcoming visit including meeting with Mississaugas of the New Credit Chief Bryan Laforme and members of their elected council, Six Nations Fire Department Chief Matthew Miller, Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I Am A Kind Man) program facilitator Doug Doolittle, and lastly various stakeholders of the #SaveTheEvidence Campaign including Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Chief Ava Hill, Woodland Cultural Centre Acting Executive Director Amos Key Jr, and Sherry Lewis of Brant Native Housing.

Recently the Assembly of First Nations has declared Brantford-Brant one of 51 ridings where aboriginal voters could impact the outcome of the October 19th Federal Election. NDP candidate Marc Laferriere came in second overall in the last election and placed first overall with Six Nations and New Credit voters.

“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done not just recently but since 2009 in the riding on the issues of shared concern for local First Nations and the riding as a whole,” said Laferriere. “In that time no other party, including the governing Conservatives have made more MP’s available to meet with, listen to and work with our neighbours. It’s work I will continue if elected this fall.”

First elected in 2004 then re-elected in 2006, 2008 and 2011 Jean Crowder has served in many critic roles for the NDP. Most recently, Jean was the Critic for Aboriginal Affairs. During her time in office Jean has received unanimous consent on a motion to declare June as National Aboriginal History Month and on her Jordan’s Principle motion to protect the rights of children in care.