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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2009
(Saskatoon, SK) Nominations closed at 12 noon today for those wishing to run for three elected positions for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. There are four candidates seeking the Office of the Chief, two candidates seeking the Office of the First Vice Chief, and two candidates seeking the Office of the Third Vice Chief. During the election period, FSIN Second Vice Chief Delbert Wapass will serve as acting Chief of the Federation.FSIN Chief incumbent Lawrence Joseph, from the Big River First Nation, is challenged by Muskowekwan First Nation Chief Reginald Bellerose, former FSIN Vice Chief Guy Lonechild, from the White Bear First Nation, and Red Pheasant First Nation Chief Sheldon Wuttunee.
FSIN First Vice Chief incumbent Morley Watson, from the Ochapowace First Nation, is challenged by Robin McLeod, a member of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band.
FSIN Third Vice Chief incumbent Glen Pratt, from the George Gordon First Nation is challenged by Cowessess First Nation band councillor Edward Lerat.
Each of the candidates met the eligibility requirements set forth by the FSIN Election Act. The FSIN Legislative Assembly is scheduled for October 28 and 29, 2009 in Saskatoon at the TCU Place. Candidate speeches are scheduled for the afternoon of the 28th with polls opening on the 29th at 9 a.m.
The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of the Treaties, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
For More Information Please Contact:
Mervin Brass, Executive Director of Communications
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