Rachel Notley and her 11-member Cabinet were sworn in during an open-air ceremony on the steps of the Alberta Legislature on May 24. Close to 10,000 people came out. The ceremony included an honour song by Rocky Morin, of the Enoch Cree Nation, and a blessing from veteran and Métis Elder John Macdonald. “And we know that our future is brighter when First Nations can control their destiny and can trust a true partner in government to build a new relationship of respect,” said Notley. Unlike her predecessor PC Premier Jim Prentice, Notley did not take on the portfolio of Aboriginal relations. Serving in that position will be Calgary-Buffalo MLA Kathleen Ganley, who will also be minister of justice and Solicitor General. Notley took on the ministry of international and intergovernmental relations.
Photo Caption: Premier Rachel Notley and her Cabinet ministers: the NDP government after 44 years of Progressive Conservative rule in Alberta.