- When Amanda was elected MLA for The Pas constituency in 2015, she also became the first First Nations woman elected to the Manitoba Legislature. She was re-elected in 2016.
- Deeply rooted in her community, Amanda is a mother, a lifelong northerner, a former band councillor and an active volunteer.
- She earned her bachelor’s degree in Native Studies and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba, and is a firm believer in the power of education.
- Amanda is honoured to follow in her father’s footsteps, who served four terms as the MLA for The Pas, and continue to be a strong voice for the North.
April 21, 2015, was a historic day for all Manitobans, as well as for the newest MLA for the constituency of The Pas. On that day, Amanda Lathlin became the first First Nations woman to be elected to the Manitoba Legislative Assembly.
Deeply rooted in her community, Amanda is a mother, a lifelong northerner, a former band councillor and an active volunteer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Native Studies and Political Studies from the University of Manitoba, and is a firm believer in the power of education to enrich and uplift the lives of northerners.
Amanda used to work as a Representative Workforce Coordinator at the University College of the North (UCN) and was directly involved in creating the kind of educational and career opportunities in northern communities that help families thrive.
In her first speech in the Legislature, Amanda was especially proud to support the NDP government’s investments in innovative northern education and training initiatives. A great example is UCN’s partnership with local high schools, which invites students to the university campus to train on their state-of-the-art trades equipment before they even leave high school.
As a mother and aunt, Amanda also knows how important it is for families to know their children are being well cared for. She fully supported the NDP government’s funding for the 74 child care spaces at the UCN campus in The Pas, as well as the NDP’s early childhood educator pension plan and increases to daycares’ operating budgets to help raise staff wages.
Amanda learned from an early age that it takes considerable dedication to fulfill the role of an MLA. Her father, the late Honourable Oscar Lathlin, served for four consecutive terms as the MLA for The Pas. He taught her that hard work and a commitment to northern values are key, as is staying in touch with your community.
Amanda is honoured to work with elders, educators, community groups and residents from every community in her constituency. She will continue to be a strong voice for the North.