October 21, 2016
For immediate release
2016-19 Kluane First Nation Council Elected
Kluane First Nation Government is pleased to announce that the following citizens have been elected on the 2016-19 KFN Council:
Robert James Dickson, Chief (by acclamation);
Keith Johnson, Elder Councillor (by acclamation);
Monica Johnson, Youth Councillor (by acclamation);
Christabelle Carlick, Councillor-at-large;
Monique Martin, Councillor-at-large.
The KFN Council Election was called on August 17, 2016 following the Resolution passed at Special General Assembly held on the same day. Advance Poll was opened on Oct. 08 and the Election Poll was closed at 8pm on Oct. 21, 2016. Robert James Dickson (Bob Dickson) was acclaimed as the Chief on Sep.02, while Keith Johnson and Monica Johnson were acclaimed as the Elder Councillor and Youth Councillor respectively on Sep.09. In total there were 6 candidates running for 2 positions of Councillor-at-large in this year’s election.
In light of the potential Canada Post strike, the former KFN Council decided to use both Electronic Voting and mail-in ballot in this year’s election. For the first time in history, KFN citizens were able to cast their votes through the internet. The KFN Election Committee also hosted a Candidates Open House in Burwash Landing, Yukon on Oct. 08 and candidates had the opportunity to respond to questions and concerns from the community directly.
“Congratulations to the new Council. I look forward to all the great things that will be accomplished by this strong Council,” says former Chief Mathieya Alatini, who is currently running for the Yukon Liberals in the Kluane riding, “the former Council has laid a solid foundation for our Nation to implement the Final Agreement on many fronts, and I believe the new leadership will lead our Nation forward”.
Former Acting Chief Grace Southwick, who came to office after former Chief Mathie’ya stepped down on Sep.02, 2016 to pursue her political interests, extends her congratulations to the new Council and says, “The new leadership has rich experience and strong track record, and I look forward to working with them to ensure smooth transition of the leadership in our Nation.”
The newly acclaimed Chief Bob Dickson was the Chief of KFN from 1996 to 2007. “I am excited to be the Chief again, “says Bob, “the former Council has achieved many great things for the Nation, and I look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders to continue to advance our Nation’s self-government agenda.”
The new Council swearing-in ceremony is scheduled at 10:00am on Oct.22, 2016 in Burwash Landing, Yukon.
For more information, please contact:
Robert James Dickson
Chief of Kluane First Nation