Biography of Grand Chief Arlen Dumas
Chief Arlen Dumas was elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs in July 2017. Prior to being elected, Grand Chief Dumas served his own community of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation as Chief for over a decade. He made his mark on every organization he has been a part of, including through his role as Vice Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and his various positions on AMC Committees.
A respected voice at the grassroots level as well as provincially and nationally, he continues to use his voice and platform to highlight the issues that all Manitoba First Nations are facing.
For young Indigenous men and women looking to reconnect with their own traditions, language, and ceremonies, Grand Chief Dumas has been a role model as he is fluent in Cree, sings, drums and sundances. He grew up on the trap line in Pukatwagan, MB., and credits his work ethic and conviction to stand by the truth to his grandparents who raised him.
Grand Chief Dumas was educated at the Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B., where he studied political science and Canadian studies. His educational foundation, his experience as a formidable leader and his reputation as a strong voice for his people led to his historic first-ballot win as Grand Chief of AMC.
In his role as Grand Chief, he continues to be on the front lines of many grassroots movements and is an unwavering supporter of the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). With much work to do in housing, health, our children and First Nations economic development, he works hard to unite all Manitoba Chiefs to work towards a common goal.