Top First Nations leader in Manitoba accused of sexual assault by staff member

CBC News · Posted: Mar 17, 2022

Grand Chief Arlen Dumas with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is being accused of sexual assault by a colleague. (Ian Froese/CBC)

Formal complaint filed against Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Winnipeg police confirm

Manitoba’s top chief has been accused of sexual assault by a woman he worked with.

In a letter obtained by CBC News, a woman who worked with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs accuses Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of harassment and sexual assault. Her identity is being protected because she said she is a victim of sexual assault.

The Winnipeg Police Service said a formal complaint through the sex crimes unit was filed against Dumas, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.

It said the police spokesperson would not reveal information about the accuser or accused, or the details of the allegation.

Dumas, who has not been formally charged, did not respond Thursday night to a request for comment from CBC, nor did staff members from the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

On Friday, the AMC’s executive council of chiefs will hold an emergency meeting at noon to address the allegations, CBC News has learned.

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