For the first time since their Comprehensive Land Claim was signed, a woman has been elected to lead the Gwichin Tribal Council.
39 year old Bobbi-Jo Greenland from Aklavik received 454 votes on Monday defeating two other candidates including former President James Wilson.
Greenland says family support was key to her campaign success.
“I ran for a number of reasons, mainly because I genuinely care for our people, and I have a seven year old daughter, who I want a secure future for,” said Greenland.
Joining her on the executive is 29 year old Vice-President Jordan Peterson. While they campaigned seperately with different platforms, Peterson says he is ready to work with Greenland and the GTC board.
“I know Bobbi-Jo and I both align in our views of our thinking. I really want to work with our communities and particpants whever they live, and be their voice at the table,” said Peterson.
Both Greenland and Peterson have vowed to make the GTC more relevant to all Gwichin participants.
They will also be reviewing the Self-Government in agreement in principal soon.