Five candidates vie for office of BC Regional Chief, while four others acclaimed to BCAFN Board of Directors

    WEST VANCOUVER, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - Five candidates have stepped forward to
run for the position of Regional Chief for the BC Assembly of First Nations.
The elections for BC Regional Chief will be held October 1, 2009 during the
Annual General Meeting of the BCAFN at the Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre
in North Vancouver, BC. The Regional Chief's seat has been vacant since Shawn
A-in-chut Atleo successfully ran for the position of National Chief of the
Assembly of First Nations this past July. Further, four other First Nations
Chiefs were acclaimed to the four vacant Board of Directors seats.
    Ardith Walkem, the Chief Electoral Officer responsible for the October 1,
2009 election for the office of the BC Assembly of First Nations Regional
Chief and vacant Board of Directors positions has received and approved
nomination papers from the following persons:

    For Regional Chief:

      -  Shane Gottfriedson (Tke'mlups/Kamloops Indian Band)
      -  Stewart Phillip (Penticton Indian Band)
      -  Lynda Price (Ulkatcho First Nations)
      -  Robert Shintah (Ts'kw'aylaxw Indian /Band)
      -  Jody Wilson Raybould (We Wai Kai First Nation)

    The following have been acclaimed to the Board of Directors:

      -  Maureen Chapman (Skawahlook First Nation)
      -  Lydia Hwitsum (Cowichan Tribes)
      -  Nelson Leon (Adams Lake Indian Band)
      -  Tony Morgan (Gitanyow Band)

    What:   BCAFN Regional Chief Election

    When:   October 1, 2009

    Where:  Chief Joe Mathias Recreation Centre
            100 Capilano Rd. North Vancouver BC

    When:   First Ballot 9:00am -10:30am
            Second Ballot 11:00am -12:30pm
            Third Ballot (if necessary) 1:00pm - 2:30pm

    The BCAFN Bylaw and Constitution states the winning candidate in the
election for Regional Chief must have at least 50% plus one of the votes
validly cast in the election. If none of the candidates attains 50% plus one
of the votes validly cast on the first ballot, further ballots shall be held
until one of the candidates attains the necessary number of votes. On each
successive ballot, the name of the candidate with the fewest votes shall be
    Further information can be found on the BCAFN's website at
Please find the candidates contact information below:

    Shane Gottfriedson               Stewart Phillip
    (250) 318-8527                   (250) 490-5314

    Lynda Price                      Robert Shintah
    (604) 992-3139                   (250) 457-6723

    Jody Wilson Raybould
    (604) 847-3725

    The BCAFN is a Political Territorial Organization (PTO) whose members are
the 203 First Nations in British Columbia. The BCAFN is inclusive in its
representation including First Nations involved in the treaty process and
those that have chosen not to engage. In addition, the modern and historic
treaty First Nations of BC are also members, which include the Nisga'a Nation,
and the Douglas and Treaty 8 First Nations. An elected Regional Chief provides
the political leadership and activities for the BCAFN, and this role is a
three-year term, elected by the Chiefs of the First Nations of BC.

For further information:

For further information: Ardith Walkem, Chief Electoral Officer, (604)
264-7557 or

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