The president of the Native Women's Association of Canada will relinquish her post later this year as she tries to run for the federal Liberals in the next election.
Michele Audette says the Liberals have given her the green light to seek the nomination in the Quebec riding of Manicouagan.
She says her decision to run for the Liberals won't put her organization into any more of a conflict with the Conservatives than it is already.
Her association has been one of the loudest voices calling on the Conservative government to hold a national inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.
The Conservatives have resisted calls for an inquiry, saying dozens of studies have already been done and now is the time to act.
The government's last budget included a five-year, $25-million renewal of money aimed at stopping violence against aboriginal women and girls and Kellie Leitch, minister for status of women recently elaborated on how the money will be spent.