Newcomer Christopher Jobb from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation will try and usurp Brian Hardlotte as vice chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council during next month’s election.
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On Oct. 21 and 22, the Prince Albert Grand Council Annual Assembly and Elections will take place at the Senator Allan Bird Memorial Centre in Prince Albert.
Elected as vice chief in 2012, Hardlotte’s three-year term is up, meaning an election will be held for the position.
Fellow vice chief Joseph Tsannie was elected in May, 2012, so that position remains his -- as does Grand Chief Ron Michel, who was re-elected to serve his third term in 2011.
Hardlotte, from Lac LaRonge Indian Band, received 123 votes during the 2010 election, beating out two-time vice-chief Edward Henderson, who picked up 89 votes.
At the time, Hardlotte promised to tackle such issues as addiction, treaty and therefore education rights and housing.
“I don't have all the magic solutions to fix everything, but I will work with the chiefs and with the community -- that is my goal,” he said at the time.
I don't have all the magic solutions to fix everything, but I will work with the chiefs and with the community -- that is my goal. Brian Hardlotte after becoming vice chief in 2010
Although there are about 35,000 band members within the Prince Albert Grand Council, delegates chosen by the chiefs of its 12 member bands come to Prince Albert to participate in the vote.
The 2010 election saw a participation of 98 per cent.
The Daily Herald doesn’t know much about Christopher Jobb so far, other than that he’s from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.
The Daily Herald will profile both candidates as soon as they’re made available for interviews.
The 12 bands that make up the Prince Albert Grand Council include Fon du Lac, Black Lake, Hatchet Lake, Peter Ballantyne, Lac La Ronge, Montreal Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Wahpeton, James Smith, Cumberland House, Red Earth and Shoal Lake.