Smith’s Landing First Nation goes to the polls today

Map of Smith's Landing Boundary and Wood Buffalo Park in green.

It’s election day for members of the Smith’s Landing First Nation. The Denesuline community is located near the NWT Alberta border and Wood Buffalo National Park. It was a historic stop during the fur trade era along the Slave River, North of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta.

Two candidates are running for chief of the tight nit community, Wilfred Paulette and former chief Gerry Cheezie.

Eight candidates are running for the four seats on council.

Geronimo Paulette, Thaidene Paulette, and Fred Daniels are seeking re-election, along with candidates Diane Benwell, Miranda Norn, Delphine Paulette-Clarke, Eileen Tourangeau and Tony Vermillion.

Polls are open between 9 and 6pm today at the Roaring Rapids Hall in Fort Smith, and at the Chateau Louis in Edmonton.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.