New chief for Little Shuswap

Oliver Arnouse was elected chief of the Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band in a by-election; 10-day appeal process comes before swearing in.

The Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band may soon have a new chief.

A byelection was held on Friday, Oct. 17 to replace Felix Arnouse, who was chief for more than 25 years and a band councillor for 10.

The reason why a byelection was required had not been disclosed at press time.

Stewart Adamson, lands manager, said Oliver Arnouse was elected chief in the by-election but the band must wait for a 10-day appeal process before a new chief is sworn in. If there is no appeal, the swearing-in ceremony is expected to take place next Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Oliver Arnouse is the brother of Felix Arnouse.

The two band councillors are Dale Tomma and Brian Finlay.

Running in the by-election against Oliver Arnouse was James Tomma.