Four-way race for chief, while 19 vie for Deh Gah Gotie Council

Bison roam in Fort Providence ahead of election day. (Greg Nyuli Photo)

Members of the Deh Gah Gotie First Nation in Fort Providence will head to the polls on Wednesday, November 20th for their chief and council election.
Incumbent Xavier Canadien is seeking a second term as chief. He says housing and protecting the local fishery are his main priorities.

“We have some vacant houses here, and there is a need for housing. Perhaps it’s something with wills and estates, but we want to fix it so people have a roof over their head,” Canadien told CKLB Tuesday morning.

Incumbent Chief Xavier Canadien. (Facebook Photo)

First time chief candidate Bradley Thom says he is getting support from elders and youth to run. “I gained experience from recently serving on the Native Students Union in B.C. It’s good to be home,” he told CKLB, after he mentioned his recent studies, attending classes at the University of Victoria. He says he’s ready to serve after being active and participating in this past summer’s Dehcho Youth Canoe trip to the assembly.

Also in the running is former longtime chief Joachim Bonnetrouge. He was defeated in 2017 by Canadien. Bonnetrouge’s main campaign message has been to youth, urging them not to replace elders with screen time. He says he has been keeping most of his campaign to “door to door visits.”

Bonnetrouge Poster (Dehcho News Updates Facebook)

Robert Tanche is the fourth candidate running for chief. His campaign poster has also surfaced on Facebook today ahead of election day.

(Dehcho News Updates page – Facebook)

There is a  large crowd running for council. The final count shows 19 candidates running for the seven seats on council.

Returning officer Victor Constant says polls will be open Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Advance and proxy votes close Tuesday at 4 p.m.


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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.