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Second day necessary in voting of new National Chief

By Randy Thoms Dec 7, 2023 | 1:29 AM

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The Assembly of First Nations remains without a leader.

Voting for a new National Chief was stopped after six rounds on Wednesday because the convention centre in Ottawa closed at midnight.

Manitoba Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse led after each round but is 10 per cent short in the need to have at least 60 per cent of Chiefs casting ballots.

David Pratt, a Vice-Chief at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatchewan, is the only other candidate still in the race.

He finished with 38 per cent support in the sixth ballot.

The vote started with six candidates.

Alberta’s Regional Chief Craig Makinaw and Reginald Bellrose, Chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, were dropped from the ballot after the first round.

Dean Bayers, a longtime chief of Batchewana First Nation, was eliminated after the second round.

Sheila North, a former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak who also ran for National Chief in 2018, was eliminated after the third round.

Over 460 First Nation Chiefs from across Canada are eligible for the vote to replace RoseAnne Archibald, who was removed from office

In June following a report into allegations of mistreatment of staff.

The voting will continue on Thursday morning.