Old Crow chief charged with sexual assault

Roger Kyikavichik, chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, has been charged with sexual assault. Yukon RCMP arrested Kyikavichik on Dec. 23.

Roger Kyikavichik, chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, has been charged with sexual assault.

Yukon RCMP arrested Kyikavichik on Dec. 23, the police said in a press release last week. He was released on strict conditions.

The charge was officially sworn in Yukon Territorial Court on Dec. 30.

He’s scheduled to appear in court in Old Crow, Feb. 2, 2016.

Since the matter is before the court, police are not saying much about the allegation. According to the press release, a complaint was received in August 2015. The crime allegedly happened in the fall of 2014.

Kyikavichik was most recently elected chief in November 2014. He was previously chief from 1988 to 1992 and was a councillor for a handful of years in between.

According to the First Nation’s constitution, there is the option of removing a chief from office if he or she is convicted of a serious crime.

That decision is made within 45 days of a conviction by a review council made up of representatives from the council, the elders’ council, the youth council and the community.

Contact Ashley Joannou at

ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

UPDATED: Porter Creek highway shooting now attempted murder investigation

Police believe incident was “targeted and related to the illicit drug trade and organized crime”

Inuvik mayor pens letter of concern about Dempster conditions

Conditions near Eagle Plains have been “terrible” the past two summers, she says

Yukon skiers embrace experience at Winter Youth Olympic Games

Derek Deuling and Sasha Masson skied for Team Canada at the 2020 Lausanne Winter Youth Olympic Games

‘It was terribly traumatic to lose a patient,’ nurse says during Blackjack inquest

The inquest is now happening at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Whitehorse council and staff consider low-income transit fares

The discussion leaves anti-poverty coalition members feeling optimistic

Today’s mailbox: Biomass, fire

Letters to the editor published Jan. 24

EDITORIAL: The health department needs a time-out

The information and privacy commissioner deserves to be treated better

Yukon Rivermen face tough tests on the road

The team is in the middle of its busiest stretch of the season — 10 league games in three weeks

Yukon skiers battle both rain and heavy snowfall at 2020 Haywood Western Canada Cup

“They also realize that you have to be ready for anything — extreme cold or extreme warm.”

City news, briefly

Some of the discussions from Whitehorse city council on Jan 20

Driving with Jens: Both motorists and pedestrians have responsibilities when sharing the road

Roadways are a shared-use public resource. They are meant to be shared… Continue reading

Today’s mailbox: Biomass

Letters to the editor published Jan. 17

Most Read