Massie named interim CYFN chief

Ruth Massie is the interim chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations. Massie, a former chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council, was appointed April 8. She will hold the job until a new grand chief is elected at the next general assembly in July.

Ruth Massie is the interim chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations.

Massie, a former chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council, was appointed April 8. She will hold the job until a new grand chief is elected at the next general assembly in July.

Massie replaces Andy Carvill, who resigned mid-way through his term on March 29 as chiefs held tumultuous talks over how to rebuild the CYFN.

The council has been hobbled by infighting and a declining membership in recent years. The most contentious proposals involved taking power away from the grand chief, stripping the job of its current responsibilities to serve as a political advocate.

Carvill has only said he left for “personal reasons” in a press release and hasn’t elaborated.

On April 1, he started managing the new Whitehorse office of Arctic Construction Limited, according to a newspaper advertisement.

Massie served as Ta’an chief until October, when she lost a re-election bid to Brenda Sam.