Adams Lake band elects chief

Paul Michel tops the polls in the election held Thursday, Dec. 15.

A new chief will be taking over the helm of the Adams Lake Indian Band.

Paul Fergus Michel topped the polls in the election held Thursday, Dec. 15.

Michel takes over from former chief Robin Billy, who resigned in November following his election in February 2015.

Also vying for the position of chief were Henry Anthony, former chief Nelson Leon and Joyce Kenoras-Pooley.

Michel tallied 136 votes, followed by his closest contender Leon with 61 votes. Kenoras tallied 20 and Anthony 18. Out of 594 electors, 235 ballots or 39.6 per cent were cast.

On the election bio posted on the band’s website, Michel offers: “Engaging, traditional, principled, accountable, spiritual, and visionary leadership.”

He also stated: “As Kukpi7 (Chief) of Adams Lake Band, I will promote excellent governance, fairness, accountability, traditional values, professional standards, and respectful leadership that will promote and honour our Adams Lake elders, community, parents, families, children, our future generations.”

Michel is employed at Thompson Rivers University as executive director of Aboriginal Education.

An October 2014 press release from TRU stated: “Michel comes to TRU from the University of Northern British Columbia where he was the First Nations Director and Adjunct Professor in First Nations Studies.

“From Hust’alen (Adams Lake) First Nation, Michel has an MEd from Simon Fraser University, broad-based Aboriginal expertise including knowledge of the Secwepemc and Carrier languages, and 18 years of administrative experience.”

The situation regarding the band’s councillors remains up in the air.

Two councillors are listed on the band’s website: Greg Witzky and Norma Manuel. A Federal Court document dated Nov. 30 states that councillors Georgina Johnny, Brandy Jules and Ronald Jules are restored to their positions until a judicial review can take place in Vancouver on Jan. 20, 2017. In the meantime, it states, the three councillors must refrain from attending the band council office except for band council meetings.

 

 

Just Posted

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Sun and heat continue Saturday

Environment Canada forecasts highs of 30 C throughout the Okanagan Saturday

Salmon Arm basketball star to be inducted into national hall of fame

One of Sargent’s many achievements is holding the Olympic record for most assists for 20 years

$30,000 donation for outdoor classroom in Salmon Arm to honour beloved teacher

Funds from Armstrong Regional Co-op to go to the Shannon Sharp Learning Circle

PHOTOS: Enderby grads paint the town — and themselves

Students spray painted the street outside A.L. Fortune on June 14 to celebrate graduation

An eight-year-old who just can’t get enough current events

History, politics, science fascinate young Salmon Arm boy

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

Gambler 500 hits Okanagan back roads

Hundreds of off road enthusiasts are rallying in the South Okanagan this… Continue reading

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Jury finds Kelowna man guilty of second-degree murder

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read