Louis Balsillie named unofficial chief of Deninu Kue First Nation after election in Fort Resolution Thursday

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Incumbent Louis Balsillie has unofficially been re-elected as chief of the Deninu K’ue First Nation in the South Slave community of Fort Resolution.

Preliminary results from voting Thursday show Balsilie received 116 votes.

Sharon Lafferty was the runner-up with 65 votes.

Kevin Boucher, Bradley King and Patrick Simon claimed the three positions on the band council.

Seven candidates ran for those three seats.

According to the town’s chief electoral officer Raymond King, there were some 800 eligible voters with many of them living outside the community of just under 500 residents.

King says the council and chief positions have a term length of four years.

Deninu Kue is one of five First Nations that make up the Akaitcho Territory Government, and are the descendants of families and leaders who signed Treaty 8.

Fort Resolution had one of the first Hudson Bay trading posts in the NWT and large residential school.

Today it is governed by a First Nation Council, a Metis Council and a hamlet government which is currently receiving administrative assistance from the territorial government’s department of |municipal and community affairs (MACA).

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