Ken Henry is running in Borderland for the Green Party of Manitoba. Ken is a local, raised by his grandmother Annie Henry in Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation. Ken attended Roseau Valley elementary before moving to Winnipeg to access the public education system.
While in college, Ken Henry worked two summers for the Province of Manitoba, in the department of Education and Training as a Program Officer. His work involved approving grants for small business student employment. Ken was offered a Policy Analyst position with a Provincial Territorial Organization, working with 33 Northern Manitoba communities, because of this experience, a mere week after he graduated from his study of Business Administration at Red River College in 2001.
During his eight year tenure in this position, Ken championed projects benefiting Northern Manitoba. Successful projects include first time broadband internet connectivity, as well as improving communications in eHealth, schools and home services. Ken also played a role in the MTS infrastructure upgrades to northern Manitoba telecommunications. The work needed to bring together communities towards consensus, such that First Nation, municipal, provincial and federal governments signed agreements brokered by Ken, allowed him to develop the vision and the acumen required for political office.
In 2011, Ken Henry was elected as Chief of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation and served two terms in this capacity. Ken achieved a $15m reduction in debt, rebuilt the Community Center for teens, purchased 19 new homes for the community, conducted renovations on over 75 homes, and brought services such as a new fire truck to the First Nation. Ken engaged in multiple ventures with surrounding communities in this role, including the development of cross country trails, river and water planning, emergency preparedness, educational endeavours, and farming activities.
Ken is the fifth member of his family to serve as Chief or Headmen. His family have always lived in the area as neighbours, farmers, and leaders. His grandfather served in WWII and his father was a local police officer. He intends to continue their legacy in the area into a Green future.