Acho Dene Koe swears in council, appoints acting sub-chief

An aerial image of Fort Liard
An aerial image of Fort Liard.

The Acho Dene Koe First Nation in Fort Liard swore in a new council and appointed a sub-chief at a meeting on Thursday evening.

The First Nation was told by an appeal committee earlier this week it could finally swear in its council after delays brought on by appeals related to the election of a new chief.

Election results from April 26 saw Brenda Berreault, Donny Bertrand, Julia Capot Blanc, Hillary Deneron, Morris McLeod, and Dennis Nelson voted in as the First Nation’s new council.

According to a news release from the First Nation, council on Thursday passed a resolution that saw Berreault appointed as acting sub-chief until a new chief is sworn in.



Earlier this week, the First Nation said results from the appeals related to the election for chief – and the identity of the new chief – will be made public during the week of June 21.

Two appeals were filed: one from former chief Floyd Bertrand and another from James Duntra, one of the contenders in the election.

Preliminary results had Chief Gene Hope retaining his position by just three votes over nearest challenger Duntra.