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Sixth candidate on Líídlįį Kúę chief ballot after debt confusion

Cloud over Fort Simpson's welcome sign in July 2020. Sarah Pruys/Cabin Radio

There are now six people in contention for the position of Líídlįį Kúę First Nation chief. Dennis Nelner was added to the list of candidates earlier this week.

Nelner said he was originally left off the ballot because the First Nation believed he owed money dating back to 2010. In a Facebook post, Nelner said had a receipt proving the bill in question had been paid.

“I think I had an overwhelming case so, after some reconsideration, they changed their mind and there was a letter and they apologized – and that’s what I asked for,” he said.

“I’m happy with that. I don’t think I have to belabour that point very much. I’m more interested in the election and promoting my messages.”



The election takes place on Monday, August 23.

Posted to Facebook on Tuesday, the First Nation’s new list of six candidates now includes Nelner alongside Kele Charles Antoine, Olinto Beaulieu, William MC Michaud, Herb Norwegian, and Hilda Tsetso.

Gerry Antoine, the present chief, is not seeking re-election. He is instead running for Dene National Chief against incumbent Norman Yakeleya.