07/20/2017 08:53 EDT | Updated 07/20/2017 14:02 EDT

New leader elected for Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs strong on unity

NELSON HOUSE, Man. — The new grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs says he wants to emphasize unity as a way to ensure a promising future for the province's First Nations.

Arlen Dumas was voted in on Wednesday at the organization's annual general assembly in Nelson House.

Dumas was chief of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation for 10 years and has also served in various roles with the Indigenous group MKO.

Dumas ran on a platform focusing on treaty rights, land and resources, government and advocacy and people and culture.

He says he's committed to working with all communities and their leadership.

(CTV Winnipeg, The Canadian Press)