Dene Nation will hold first online vote to decide national chief election

Last modified: November 3, 2021 at 11:27pm

The Dene Nation will hold its rescheduled election of a national chief from December 1-9 and, for the first time, use an online voting system to do so.

The election was postponed from its original September date due to the NWT’s fall Covid-19 outbreak. Incumbent Norman Yakeleya is challenge for the role by Gerald Antoine, former chief of the Łı́ı́dlı̨ı̨ Kų́ę́ First Nation.

In a news release, the Dene Nation said voting instructions would be sent to delegates in the next two weeks.


Initially, the Dene Nation said only that polls would close on December 9. After this article was first published, the Dene Nation clarified that polls would open on December 1.

The Dene Nation’s annual general meeting will follow in early 2022, the news release added, with specific dates to be confirmed later in November.