Deh Gáh Got’îê First Nation heading for election

More than a dozen candidates are vying for seven council seats.

Fort Providence on Oct. 21, 2023. (Ian Down/CKLB photo)

Dates have been set for elections for the Deh Gáh Got’îê First Nation.

Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, according to a notice from Electoral Officer Phoebe Parent dated Oct. 25. Advance polls are being held Thursday, Oct. 26 and Thursday, Nov. 2.

Chief Michael Vandell is seeking another term, but is being challenged by candidate Xavier Canadien. In a social media post on Thursday, Canadien wrote, “I didn’t want an acclaimed Chief [without] giving you an alternative option.” Fourteen candidates are vying for seven seats on council.

A full list of candidates for council is included below:

Joachim Bonnetrouge

Raymond Bonnetrouge

Walter Bonnetrouge

Louie Constant

Miranda Elleze

Rickey Gargan

Samuel Gargan

Shirley Gargan

Ivan Landry

Betty Ann Minoza

Sheldon Minoza

Terry Sapp

Robert Tanche

Bradley Thom

(Photo retrieved from Facebook.)

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Ian Down
Ian Down is a general news reporter from the West Island of Montreal. After studying journalism and computer science at Concordia University, he came to Yellowknife in 2021, joining the CKLB team in September 2022. When not behind his desk, you can find him at a local Yellowknife poetry reading, or annoying his roommates by playing his clarinet at odd hours. Feel free to reach out with any tips or story ideas at, or follow him on Twitter at @IanDown1996.