A local indigenous Nation doesn’t feel this week’s election for National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will impact their day to day operations.
Ktunaxa Nation council chair Kathryn Teneese says they don’t regularly deal with the AFN.
“We have a vision, we have a plan, some strategies about the things that are important to us,” says Teneese. “If we’re able to coincide with what the [AFN] is doing, that’s of benefit. We don’t go seeking them out.”
Perry Bellegarde was re-elected as National chief for a second, three-year term Wednesday.
Teneese says the Kutnaxa Nation didn’t endorse a candidate.
“We don’t see it as having that much day to day impact on the work that we’re doing. I’m not aware of any discussions that occurred where we said we’re going to endorse candidate A, B or C. We didn’t have that kind of conversation.”
Bellegarde was elected in a second ballot, he was up against 4 other candidates.
Teneese wishes Bellegarde all the best in his next term.
One of his goals over the next three years is to continue debating the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
– Kathryn Teneese – Chair, Ktunaxa Nation Council