Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day to celebrate, highlight and reflect upon the rich histories, cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. June 21 was chosen because it coincides with the summer solstice, a sacred and joyous time for many First Nations peoples because it marks the longest day of the year. There are lots of COVID-friendly National Indigenous Peoples Day events happening around the capital
Izena was the first female candidate who won a seat in an Edmonton municipal election. She was elected as alderman on December 12, 1921, with 3,341 votes – placing 6th overall in the election results, out of 19 possible candidates.
Izena was an active member of the local council of women and served on the Edmonton Public School Board from 1935 to 1945.
Izena passed away on October 26, 1945.
Sources: City of Edmonton Archives; Election History, City of Edmonton: Elections and Census Office