Healing and unity are some of the words a woman is using to describe her bid for the presidency of the Metis Nation – Saskatchewan.

Maureen Belanger lives in Saskatoon, but originally hails from Ile-a-la-Crosse.

She feels a lot of people are unhappy within the Metis Nation and have turned away from the group.

Belanger says it’s time to revitalize the MN-S with a different approach:

“So what I’d like to do is get those people back on board.  In order for us to be a strong nation, we need to be united.”

She cites housing challenges, the lack of a coherent strategy for job creation and the need for drug and alcohol services as other priorities.

Belanger is opposed in the September 8th vote by incumbent leader Robert Doucette and fellow challengers Ray Laliberte, Bryan Lee, Wayne McKenzie and Mavis Taylor.