Manitoba Chiefs Assembly Votes to Remove Suspended Grand Chief Arlen Dumas | TBEN News

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The Manitoba Chief Assembly has voted to remove suspended Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, and publicly apologized to the two women who came forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.

At a special general meeting held in Winnipeg Friday, dozens of Manitoba leaders held a no-confidence vote to officially remove Dumas from office, following allegations that he sexually harassed and assaulted an employee.

Interim Grand Chief Cornell McLean told TBEN News that 30 voted for the immediate removal of the Grand Chief and 13 against.

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“On behalf of the meeting, we must… [apologize]because we need to protect them from things like this,” McLean said.

Dumas was suspended in March pending an investigation into allegations that he engaged in sexual harassment at work and sexually assaulted an employee, who was anonymous at the time. The employee has reported the matter to the police, but no charges have been filed.

McLean apologized to Shauna Fontaine, who… came out publicly in June as the employee who filed the complaint, and expressed her disappointment at the response of the AMC and the police to her report.

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He also apologized to Bethany Maytwayashing, who accused Dumas of sending her inappropriate text messages in 2019.

In response to Fontaine’s allegations, the meeting ordered a third-party investigation that revealed Dumas engaged in sexual harassment at work.

Earlier this week, Dumas announced that he would seek trauma-based treatment to “begin healing not only from the events of the past five months, but from a lifetime of trauma,” he said in a press release.

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He did not appear at the special general meeting on Friday, despite the AMC asking his lawyers to attend virtually. He has previously denied the allegations.

Dumas was first elected head of the AMC in 2017 and was re-elected last summer.

In a press release emailed after the vote, the assembly said a by-election will be held on October 19 to choose a replacement. Until then, McLean will continue as acting head chef.

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