Questions remain after Dehcho Assembly in Wrigley

(Photo Kirsten Murphy CBC)

Questions are still swirling across the Dehcho after the coaltion of First Nations and Metis Councils of the  region held their annual assembly  in Wrigley last month.

Gladys Norwegian was elected as the regions first female Grand Chief at that gathering.

But most of the regions leadership have few words after the transfer of power from Herb Norwegian to Gladys Norwegian.

Liidlii Kue Chief Gerry Antoine refused to comment on the recent gathering and election.

Meanwhile former Deh Gah Gotie Chief Joachim Bonnetrouge says it was a wierd series of events.

“One thing for sure, the votes show the Dehcho was split right down the middle,” said Bonnetrouge who was a non-voting delegate.

Norwegian received 25 votes to Hopes 23 on the second ballot.

Herb Norwegian has not returned calls from CKLB, and Gladys Norwegian just spoke with CKLB late last week after several calls were made. Staff at the Dehcho First Nation’s office in Fort Simpson said “He doesn’t work here anymore,” leaving questions if he is still part of the regions negotiations team.

Other communities, including Wrigley, Trout Lake and Kakisa  are not offering comment either.

The Dehcho First Nations will hold a leadership caucus in Katlodeeche’ next Monday ahead of the Dene Nation Assembly at West Point First Nation.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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