Jesse Nekeneyia-Moses elected chief of Pehdzeh Ki First Nation

Jesse Nekeneyia-Moses is Wrigley's new chief. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Clille.)

Jesse Nekeneyia-Moses, 43,  more commonly known as Jamie Moses, has been named the new chief of Pehdzeh Ki First Nation (Wrigley).

“I’m excited,” he says. “It’s going to be a real challenge.”

Moses says Elders in his community have been asking him to run for the position since he was a young man. But Moses says he just wasn’t ready.

“It’s pretty clear that people really want change,” says Moses. “More and more people (kept) trying to nominate me, so I just accepted (it).”

Moses told CKLB that the reason for his success is his good heart, communication skills and self-determination.

Stepping into his new role, Moses plans to re-unite his community by taking a hard look at the finances and planning for the future.

“We just need to get the (finances) under control,  he says. “If we work together and we ask for help from other organizations we can climb out of this.”

Moses adds: “My main goal is I want people to be healthy and happy. Just putting food on your table can be stressful. So if we can take some of that stress off, it would be great.”

Jessica Clille is his niece. She says, “I know he’ll do amazing for our community. Can not wait to see all the changes he makes!”

Moses came out on top with 21 votes during yesterday’s election. Runner-up Joseph Moses got 13 votes.

Joining the newly elected Chief, are Councillors Albert Clille, Jenssen Clille, Nicole Hardisty, Jason Horesay, Freddie Lennie and David Moses.

The results were signed off by Returning Officer Candice Fraser yesterday evening.

Wrigley’s population as of 2022 was 126 people, according to the NWT Bureau of Statistics.

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