Edjericon back on the ballot for Tu Nedeh-Wiilideh

Photo submitted by Richard Edjericon.

Edjericon is back on the ticket. Richard Edjericon, a former chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and former chair of the Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board is joining the race for MLA in the riding of Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh.

In 2015 he was defeated by incumbent Tom Beaulieu. Beaulieu is not running this time, but Edjericon enters the race against Steve Norn, Nadine Delorme, former Ndilo Councillor Paul Betsina, and Lila Erasmus.

“There are some big issues this time around that need to be looked at. The Territorial government didn’t move very far in getting the outstanding landclaims done. I’ve been around for a while in Aboriginal politics. I was in Fort Resolution in 2000 when we signed the Akaitcho Framework Agreement, and we’re getting close to an Agreement, and I’m familiar with this and other neogitations that need to be completed,” Edjericon told CKLB.

Former Ndilo Chief Ted Tsetta is endorsing Edjericon and was one of his nominators. Tsetta says Edjericon’s experience in leadership and with the Akaitcho Process is why he’s supporting him in his bid for MLA.

“I’m hoping Rick will work on the issues that are facing our hunters and trappers, and the things that face our four communities. It’s important we have someone in office who knows our Treaty and government procedures,” said Tsetta.

Edjericon is also a former federal Conservative candidate, and recently ran for Dene National Chief coming in third.

The TuNedeh-Williideh constituency includes: Dettah, Ndilo, LutselK’e and Fort Resolution.

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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.