Melanie Mark’s NDP MLA victory a positive step moving forward for indigenous people

The New Democratic Party coasted to a landslide of a victory in Vancouver-Mount Pleasant’s byelection on Tuesday night, making its candidate, Melanie Mark, the first aboriginal woman elected to the B.C. legislature.

Melanie Mark, NDP MLA for Vancouver Mount Pleasant is the first aboriginal woman elected to the B.C. Legislature. Photo by: Gerry Kahrmann , PNG

Melanie Mark, NDP MLA for Vancouver Mount Pleasant is the first aboriginal woman elected to the B.C. Legislature. Photo by: Gerry Kahrmann , PNG

Mark easily won with 5,353 votes, worth 60 per cent of the voting, while Green Party candidate Pete Fry finished second, with 2,325 votes, worth 26 per cent.

Mark, who is part Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree, and Ojibway, grew up in social housing in East Vancouver and has many roots attached to it and the Mount Pleasant neighbourhoods with a history of being an activist, youth worker, volunteer and coordinator.

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