Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs removes Arlen Dumas as grand chief over sexual harassment


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Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, left, speaks during a signing ceremony to improve child and family services in Manitoba First Nations communities, as Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpot (centre), Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennet look on in Ottawa on Dec. 7, 2017.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

An Indigenous leader in Manitoba has been removed from his job after being accused of sexual harassment.

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs voted Friday to drop Arlen Dumas as grand chief during a closed-door meeting in Winnipeg.

A staff member lodged a misconduct complaint against Dumas in March.He was suspended and an independent investigation found he had engaged in workplace sexual harassment.

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Dumas said the accusation was unfounded and earlier this week noted that he was seeking treatment for trauma.

In 2019, Dumas stepped away from the job temporarily after an Indigenous woman said he tried to pursue a relationship with her by using a false identity on social media.

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