Jane Weyallon Armstrong has been elected to represent the Tłı̨chǫ people in the Legislative Assembly as the member-elect for the Monfwi riding.
According to unofficial results, Weyallon Armstrong received 503 votes — about double the number of votes for runner-up Kelvin Kotchilea.
John Gon and James Wah-Shee received 98 and 77 votes, respectively.
Weyallon Armstrong’s election continues a trend of more women in leadership positions in the Tłı̨chǫ region. Earlier this year, Doreen Arrowmaker was elected as Gamètì’s new chief and Adeline Football became the chief of Wekweètì.
“I am pleased to welcome the Member-elect to the Assembly and look forward to working with them for the benefit of all our people,” said Speaker Frederick Blake Jr. in a statement.
Weyallon Armstrong is taking over the Monfwi seat after former MLA Jackson Lafferty announced his resignation in early June. He’d spent 16 years as the Monfwi MLA.
Weyallon Armstrong previously served as the president of the Native Women’s Association of the NWT.
She will be officially sworn in on Aug. 5, at 3 p.m. in the Legislative Assembly.