07 May 2013
“This year I will be voting for the second time. Prior, I refused to vote because I don't see myself as ‘Canadian’. I am First Nations and am governed by the commandments of my people, by the Chiefs of the land we've always occupied and cared for.”
That comment from Nicole Norris of Halalt First Nation on Vancouver Island is a good example of the attitudes on people both on and off reserves as voting days in the 40th BC general election nears; engaged, yet not engaged; interested but… not so much.
Then there was Paul-Wyse Seward, a Snuneymuxw councillor and canoe builder, who was at work on Monday when NDP candidate Doug Routley visited the reserve. Paul listened and then asked for two campaign signs.
19 Apr 2013
James Thomas of Halalt First Nation won a comfortable victory on April 18 in his community’s vote for chief and councillors. It was his sixth consecutive election win, having first been named chief in 2001.
He got 47 votes, 13 more than his nearest competitor and 36 votes more than the third-place candidate. He said he was heartened by the election results and was looking forward to more progress in his next term. He will be celebrating with the Halalt community the grand opening of the new community centre this spring.
15 Apr 2013
‘Mr Positive’ – There are many things the leader of a small First Nation can be called, but the name often used to refer to the chief of Klahoose First Nation, James Delorme, is a pretty good one.
He is starting his second term following the nation’s vote for chief and council on Saturday, April 13. The message he sent out on Twitter that evening shows a bit of his attitude. “A big effort by all the candidates at the Klahoose general election. The next council is: Mavis Kok, Kathy Francis and Kevin Peacey. Yes!!!”