Vuntut Gwitchin call for May election

 The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow has called an election for Monday, May 2. The First Nation will elect one chief and four council members, according to a news release issued this morning.

The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation in Old Crow has called an election for Monday, May 2.

The First Nation will elect one chief and four council members, according to a news release issued this morning.

A petition circulating in the community by David Frost to have the chief and council ousted is what prompted the call for an election, according to the release.

“Vuntut Gwitchin Chief and Council accepted the petition that was delivered to our office on Feb. 29, 2016,” reads the release.

“We would like to reassure our citizens that we take your concerns seriously.”

Earlier this week, Frost told the CBC he started the petition because of a “loss in confidence and good standing” in the First Nation’s leadership.

The transition for the new chief and council will take place from May 9 to 27.

The current chief, Roger Kyikavichik, was elected in Nov. 2014. He’s been charged with sexual assault for a crime that is alleged to have happened in the fall of 2014.

Frost said that his petition wasn’t related to the incident.

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