'Representation really does matter,' says Whitehorse's 1st Indigenous city councillor in decades


Michelle Friesen is still taking it all in — her election last week as one of Whitehorse’s new city councillors, and the fact that she’ll be the city’s first Indigenous councillor in a generation.

“I’m excited and nervous, because everything’s so new,” she said on Monday morning, after some weekend orientation sessions for the new council.

“I’m really excited to see some diversity at the table, and really happy that everyone who came out to vote made representation and diversity a priority for this council and for our city.”

The new council — Friesen, Dan Boyd, Kirk Cameron, Jocelyn Curteanu, Mellisa Murray, and Ted Laking along with new mayor Laura Cabott — is

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