McNeely re-elected as Kasho Gotine Chief

Sahtu Grand Chief Wilfred McNeely Jr. was re-elected as Kasho Gotine Chief on July 17th.

The wildfire near Foot Good Hope made campaigning challenging for chief and council candidates last weekend.

But Returning Officer Dakota Erutse says it didn’t impact the voter turnout on Monday.

“The total number of eligible voters is 335, and the total number of people who voted was 254, which is a total voter turnout of about 76 per cent,” said Erutse.

The voter turnout for Chief was slightly lower at 44 per cent. Meaning 254 out of 671 members of the First Nation cast ballots.

Wilfred McNeely Junior, was in Yellowknife this week after his re-election victory on Monday to meet with government officials including Health Minister Jane Philpott and NWT MP Michael McLeod.

McNeely says he’s following up on finding funds for on the land programs, which was a priority of the previous council.

“We don’t want to call it healing, we want to call it back to the land. Bringing our youth back to the land, it has a sense of healing to it, just by bringing them out there. And with this we hope we can give them a paycheque while they’re learning,” explained McNeely, saying he hopes it will take off like the Guardian programs in the Dehcho and Lutselke.

The nine new councilors joining McNeely are: Roger Boniface, Robert Bourassa, Eddy Cook, Jacinta Grandjambe, Jeanette Kakfwi, former chief Greg Laboucan, Cara Manuel, Danny Masuzumi, and Charles McNeely.

“We have a real good group, I’m excited to see how the new youth do on council,” former chief and councilor Ron Pierrot told Judi Kochon on Tuesday.

McNeely and the councilors  will be sworn in next Tuesday.

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Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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