Michael Vandell re-elected as chief in DGGFN election

Vandell defeated challenger Xavier Canadien to remain as chief.

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

Michael Vandell will serve a second term as chief of Deh Gáh Got’îê First Nation.

That’s according to results shared by the returning officer on social media on Tuesday, following the day’s election.

Vandell defeated challenger Xavier Canadien by 178 votes to 110. Seven of the 14 candidates for councillor were also elected: Returning councillor Terry Sapp received the most votes with 215, followed by Ivan Landry with 205.

Also elected were Bradley Thom, Walter Bonnetrouge, Louie Constant, Sheldon Minoza, and Rickey Gargan.

A complete list of candidates and the votes they garnered is included below (* indicates elected):

*Michael Vandell 178
Xavier Canadien 110


*Terry Sapp 215
*Ivan Landry 205
*Bradley Thom 174
*Walter Bonnetrouge 167
*Louie Constant 140
*Sheldon Minoza 138
*Rickey Gargan 126
Miranda Elleze 119
Joachim Bonnetrouge 103
Shirley Gargan 103
Samuel Gargan 102
Raymond Bonnetrouge 99
Robert Tanche 83
Betty Ann Minoza 66


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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 ian.down@cklb.com, or follow him on Twitter at @IanDown1996.