Nacho Nyak Dun chief fired

Ed Champion has been removed from his position as chief of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun. Council fired Champion last week and replaced with him with interim chief Nancy Hager.

Ed Champion has been removed from his position as chief of the First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun.

Council fired Champion last week and replaced with him with interim chief Nancy Hager.

In a news release last Friday, the First Nation announced it had based its decision in accordance with sections of its Governance Act and constitution.

Section 14 of the Governance Act states that council members may be subject to discipline up to and including removal from office if their conduct or behaviour calls into question the dignity or integrity of the First Nation.

“Change is sometimes difficult but is sometimes needed,” stated Hager in the release.

No other details were provided.

Champion, elected in Nov. 2012, was only halfway into his four-year term.

The First Nation has called a general election, scheduled to take place on March 5.

Champion recently spoke out publicly about the election, which he deemed to be unlawful.

He said the election was called while he was attending a meeting in Winnipeg, and that his authority as chief had been greatly diminished.

“When you think the Nacho Nyak Dun chief today has authority, you’re wrong,” he told the News on Jan. 16.

Contact Myles Dolphin at

myles@yukon-news.com

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