Alberni’s Hupacasath First Nation elects new leader

Steven Tatoosh is the new chief councillor of the Hupacasath.

Steven Tatoosh is the new chief councillor of the Hupacasath.

The Hupacasath First Nation has elected a new chief councillor.

Steven Tatoosh was elected to lead the tribe with 74 votes in the band’s election on Wednesday night.

Runners up for the top slot included Judith Sayers and Shaunee Casavant who garnered 39 votes and 27 votes respectively.

Tatoosh also won one of two councillor positions with 71 votes.

Incumbent Warren Lauder won the other position 48 votes.

Brenda Sayers took the third amount of votes with 36.

Tatoosh can’t occupy both positions simultaneously so Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will likely call for a by-election in 30 days.

The tribe doesn’t make the determination.

There were five other contenders for councillors positions’.

All terms are for two years.

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