‘Sonny’ Blake acclaimed as Speaker

A screenshot of Speaker elect Frederick "Sonny" Blake. (Legislative Assembly Video Feed)

Today marked the second time for the MLA of the Mackenzie Delta to be acclaimed. Frederick “Sonny” Blake was the lone MLA to put his name forward to serve as the Speaker of the 19th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories, during the second session of the Territorial Leadership Committee.

This is Blake’s third term as MLA. He was first elected in 2011 after David Krutko did not seek re-election. He is also a former chief of the Gwichya Gwich’in of Tsiigehtchic.

Members will next elect the Premier, and members of the executive council. It is being streamed live on the Legislative Assembly website and social media pages.

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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.