Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mrs. Universe Tells Students at University of Manitoba It's Important to Vote

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mrs. Universe Tells Students at University of Manitoba It's Important to Vote

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Mrs. Universe calls on students to vote

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WINNIPEG - The first aboriginal woman to be named Mrs. Universe is telling First Nations students at the University of Manitoba that it's important for everyone to vote in the Oct. 19 federal election.

"Our future lies in the hands of the next government and also our children's future, our grandchildren; we don't want them to suffer," Ashley Burnham said Friday.

"If we suffer our future generations are going to suffer. So yes, we do need to vote because it's a crucial time and we can change the future by just one vote."

The 25-year-old from the Enoch Cree Nation west of Edmonton was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 in Minsk, Belarus, earlier this year.

As a former finalist in the 2013 Miss Universe Canada contest, when she was then Ashley Callingbull, she noted that she grew up in poor conditions and faced difficulties in childhood that she finds difficult to talk about. …

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