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September 2, 2009
Kamloops, B.C., Secwepemc Territory; Only five nominators are necessary to meet the BC Assembly of First Nations rules in order enter the race to be the next regional chief, but Chief Shane Gottfriedson submitted nine.
Chiefs Clarence Louie of the Osoyoos Indian Band was the first to sign the nomination followed by Chief Bev Sellars of the Soda Creek Indian Band. Other nominators include chiefs Allen Claxton of Tsawout First Nation, Wayne Christian of the Splatsin Indian Band, John Frank of Ahousat First Nation, John Ward of the Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Willie Charlie of the
Chehalis Indian Band, Ann Louie of the Williams Lake Indian Band and Marilyn Baptiste of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nations government. “He has experience in First Nations issues having been on council as well as being chief of the one of the most progressive bands in the country; his experience extends to the provincial and national levels,” says Chief Clarence Louie, “he has also always been a good relationship builder.”
Today marks the thirty days to the election held in North Vancouver on October 1 at the 6th annual B.C. Assembly of First Nations annual general meeting.
Chief Gottfriedson continues to emphasis the importance of self-sufficiency to First Nations people by means of positive economic development that adheres to indigenous culture and traditions which will in turn generate the political certainty necessary for survival.
“Chief Gottfriedson has shown strong leadership as a member of the community that he was born in, remained a part of throughout his life and continues to serve today. He follows in the footsteps of his late, grandfather, Gus Gottfriedson, by demonstrating the same deep responsibility towards Aboriginal people. He has long term experience in the community needed to effectively advocate on behalf of Aboriginal people,” says Chief Bev Sellars.
He is committed to serve as an advocate to the First People of B.C. in order to improve education opportunities, healthcare conditions, title and rights.
Chief Gottfriedson is visiting several First Nations communities in effort to fully understand the challenges first hand. He is travelling to the island this week and will be making a northern tour beginning in the traditional territory of the Haida Gwaii next week.
For more information or to set up a meeting with Chief Shane Gottfriedson please contact Chrystie Stewart at 778.220.5046 or at cstewart[at]jeffersonint.com
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