Final candidates named for Lil'wat elections

Three vying for chief, 33 in running for council

Members of the Lil'wat Nation will get their first official chance to hear from candidates next weekend as they prepare to vote in March.

A final candidate list was released late last week, with three individuals hoping to be elected chief and 33 in the running for council. Chief Lucinda Phillips will seek re-election against Fraser Andrew and Coun. Vaughan Gabriel.

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Candidates will be giving speeches between 2 and 5 p.m. at Mount Currie's Ullus Community Complex on Feb. 16.

The final list was pared down from last week's nomination list, with nominees able to withdraw their names by a Jan. 30 deadline. Eleven current band councillors are hoping to be voted back onto the 12-member council for another two-year term.

The March 9 elections will also include referendum votes on new Lil'wat election and citizenship codes. The new election code establishes a two-chief system and four-year terms for elected officials starting in 2015. The revised citizenship code eliminates the double-parent rule for automatic band membership, meaning children of just one Lil'wat parent would be granted immediate citizenship.

Information meetings on the new band codes were held this week, with more scheduled for later in the month. Further info sessions will be at the Ullus complex on Feb. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Feb. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Voters requiring a mail-in ballot or more information about voting may contact electoral officer Fred Schiffner by email at fschiffner@dccnet.com or at 604-943-0522.

Candidates

Chief

Fraser Andrew

Vaughan Gabriel

Lucinda Phillips

Council

Rebecca Abraham

Joshua Ryan Anderson

Christine Andrew

Bernadette Dennis

Baren Gabriel

Ernest (Mark) Gabriel

Vaughan Gabriel

Richenda Grafton

Justin Green

Christopher Irving

Dixie Jim

Eva Maria Joe

Joanne John

Luke Johnny

Lois (Mamaya) Joseph

Maxine Joseph-Bruce

Linda Lepine

Dean Nelson

Fay Nelson

Felicite Nelson

Debra Parker

Matilda Pascal

Nadine Pascal

Martina Pierre

William Ritchie

Tara Smith

Rosemary Stager

Alphonse (Eyes) Wallace

Brett Wallace

Carl Wallace

Jonathan (Jaboo) Wallace

Kristen Wallace

Carolyn Ward

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