Kane seeks another term as Ta’an Kwach’an chief

Kristina Kane and Michelle Telep are seeking re-election as chief and deputy chief of the Ta'an Kwach'an Council.

Kristina Kane and Michelle Telep are seeking re-election as chief and deputy chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council.

Brenda Sam, Shirley Adamson and Richard Martin are also vying for the position of chief, according to chief returning officer Norman Eady.

Sam was chief of the First Nation from 2009 until 2012.

Coralee Johns is the only other candidate running for the position of deputy chief.

Kane was elected in Oct. 2012 with 67 of the 150 ballots cast. Her eligibility to serve as chief later came under question, when a First Nation citizen contended that the First Nation’s constitution forbid Kane from holding office because of a past criminal conviction for shoplifting cigarettes in 1997.

Kane briefly resigned from her job in January this year during the uproar over this controversy, citing personal health and safety concerns. But she returned later that month, after producing a record of pardon that the First Nation’s judicial council deemed necessary for her to hold her job.

The election will be held on Monday, Oct. 19. Ta’an Kwach’an citizens over the age of 16 are eligible to vote.

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