Manitoba Representative

Marilyne Tovar

RN, BScN
Marilyne Tovar

Background

Marilyne identifies as settler, white-presenting, biracial, able-bodied, cishet, woman, and with significant SES privilege given her university education and employment as a healthcare professional. She is of Québécoise and Peruvian mestizo ancestry. In the fall of 2020, she moved to the lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Métis and Oji-Cree Nations, Treaty One territory. She believes in the importance of knowing one’s own social location and how this influences relationships and power dynamics within society at large, with client-families, and personal circles as well.

Education

2013 BScN graduate from McGill University, with a 2019 UNBC Rural Nursing Certificate, and a previous BSc Agr. Env. Science (environmetrics).

Career

After a first year in the emergency department of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts (Québec), she has spent 6 years living and working on Haida Gwaii in a rural setting, mostly in G_aw Tlagee (Masset Inlet). She is currently working in Labour and Delivery at Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre Women’s Hospital.

Interests

Marilyne has been driven by the aspiration for more just and ecological societies for much of her life. This has led her to get involved in environmental, social justice and indigenous sovereignty groups throughout the years. Currently, she is chairing the Intersectional & Truth and Reconciliation Committee at CANE. Being outdoors, participating in community life, nurturing kinships, cultural and self-work are also foundational to her well-being. She is much inspired by author and anti-racism educator Layla Saad’s burning question: “What does it mean to be a good ancestor?”