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Dene National Chief election planned for September


Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya says he will stand for re-election as the first details were confirmed for the Dene Nation’s election later this year.

According to a Facebook post published by the Dene Nation on Tuesday, the next election for Dene National Chief will take place during the Dene National Assembly, to be hosted by the Líídlįį Kúę First Nation from September 14 to 16.

Yakeleya has served one three-year term as Dene National Chief after being elected to replace Bill Erasmus in August 2018.

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In his three years, Yakeleya has advocated for a pilot program to address racism in policing, a Dene-centred education system, and the use of on-the-land living to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

At a news conference addressing other issues on Wednesday, Yakeleya briefly confirmed he will run to retain his position.

Prior to September’s regular assembly, the Dene Nation plans a Yellowknife-based special assembly in August to ratify a new constitution. Yakeleya says the existing constitution is “way outdated.” A replacement has been worked on for four decades.

Meaghan Brackenbury contributed reporting.

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