Dene National Chief election, assembly delayed

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The Dene Nation’s annual assembly and election for the next Dene National Chief has been delayed due to the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.

The events were schedule for Sept. 14-16 in Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation.

The Dene Nation executive committee says “all election-related activities” are suspended until a new date is set.

Inspired by the words of the late Gabe Kochon to his nephew and Sahtú Grand Chief Wilbert Kochon, leaders are urging healthy residents to be out on the land, while maintaining appropriate health measures.

“Go back on the land, it is where we as Dene belong,” said Elder Kochon. “It is where we are strong.”

The two candidates for national chief are incumbent Norman Yakeleya and former Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́chief Gerald Antoine.

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