Four people are hoping to become chief of the Adams Lake Indian Band.
In the wake of upheavals in the band that left it with no chief and just two councillors, election of a new chief is set for Thursday, Dec. 15.
Previous chief Robin Billy resigned last month after being elected in February 2015. No details have been made public about the nature of the problems.
Vying for the position is former chief Nelson Leon, who served as chief for nine years immediately before Billy, as well as Henry Anthony, Joyce Kenoras-Pooley and Paul Fergus Michel.
In candidate profiles on the band’s website, Henry Anthony lists several principles he would use and a statement on ‘moving forward.’
“Secwepemc has always known the necessity of nation-building. Many believe there is a critical need to move out from the under the Indian Act to rebuild our traditional governing structures within modern society.”
Joyce Kenoras-Pooley used the acronym ‘help’ to signify: “Honesty and to hear you; Equality – every member has a role and deserves fairness; Leadership – there are no ‘sides’ to Adams Lake Band members; and Patience for me, and for you, as we move through renewed times. “
Nelson Leon’s profile listed his accomplishments as chief, his current projects and his values.
“During his tenure, the leadership team did accomplish structural change, policy development, economic partnerships, reduction of social assistance clients, increase of employment and the building of the gaming centre on our Salmon Arm reserve.”
Paul Fergus Michel stated that, as chief: “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, and our future generations.”