Thursday, September 3, 2009

BC AFN Vice Chief Election

On October 1st the BC Assembly of First Nations will be choosing a new Vice Chief. Five candidates have been nominated:

  • Shane Gottfriedson (Tke’mlups/Kamloops Indian Band) - in his second term as band chief.
  • Stewart Phillip (Penticton Indian Band) - Current chief of the UBCIC and four terms as Penticton Indian Band chief.
  • Lynda Price (Ulkatcho First Nations) - two term chief of the first nation and one term UBCIC Secretary Treasurer. She was also a School Board Trustee for ten years.
  • Robert Shintah (Ts'kw'aylacw First Nation) - three term UBCIC Vice Chief, former community and political chief of Ts'kw'aylacw.
  • Jody Wilson Raybould (We Wai Kai First Nation) - current commissioner on the BC Treaty Commission.
This is a strong field, there are no clear leaders and no clear weak candidates. Only Robert Shintah has run for the office before. In 2003 he managed a surprisingly strong second place finish on each of the three ballots.

There are just shy of 200 possible electors, though the total number voting will likely be lower than that.
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