Target: Melanie Mark, first female Aboriginal Member of Legislative Assembly
Goal: Congratulate Ms. Mark as the first ever Indigenous woman to be elected into British Columbia’s Legislative Assembly.
Melanie Mark has made history as the first ever Aboriginal woman to be elected into British Columbia’s legislature. Ms. Mark was not only elected to this position, but she beat out her competition by securing over 60 percent of the votes.
Melanie is of Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Ojibway and Cree descent and has previously acted as president of the Urban Native Youth Association. After six years with the UNYA, Mark decided that this population needed a voice in the legislature and made the decision to run for public office. She is dedicated to bringing issues of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant’s youth to light and will advocate for them with her new position of power.
Mark grew up in many different households in Vancouver’s volatile Downtown Eastside and has survived her father’s tragic overdose, as well as her mother’s long-term drug addiction. She has used her life experiences to rise above challenges and actively create change; it was in this very spirit that she launched the grassroots campaign to run for legislative office.
Sign this petition to congratulate this amazing woman for her past feats, her recent victory, and her advocacy for significant change in the future.
Dear Ms. Mark,
I am writing this letter to congratulate you for your impressive victory in the recent election for British Columbia’s legislature. Not only did you win the most votes, but you succeeded in securing over 60 percent of all votes. This tremendous support speaks to your ability to motivate others and advocate for positive change, no matter the odds.
I am deeply impressed by the difficulties you overcame, which shaped your commitment to urban Native youth and the population of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. As you know, it is unfortunately very rare that Indigenous leaders are given the opportunity or platform to advocate for beneficial transformation of their community. I am very proud of you for your achievement and firmly believe that the change you promote is the change that you will make happen. Congratulations!
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