Dehcho begins search for next grand chief

Contenders to become the next Grand Chief of the Dehcho First Nations can now come forward. The nomination period has opened ahead of a June election.

Candidates will be announced a few weeks prior to the 2022 Dehcho Annual Assembly, to be held in the last week of June in West Point First Nation, where delegates will elect a new leader.

Kenneth Cayen, the previous grand chief, was elected in June 2021 but removed from office a little over six months later. Chief Lloyd Chicot of Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation told the CBC reasons for Cayen’s removal included his refusal to be vaccinated or make himself available for meetings. Cayen was said to have refused to move to Fort Simpson, a key requirement of the position.


Earlier this year, former Jean Marie River chief Stanley Sanguez was chosen to become interim Dehcho First Nations chief until the annual assembly. Sanguez has suggested he will not seek the role on a permanent basis.

“I just turned 64 and I’ve got a grandson who turned five right on my birthday, and I want to spend time with them,” he told Cabin Radio in March. “It’s about time the leadership started seeing some young people.”

The deadline for applications is May 27 at 5pm. More information about the requirements can be found on the Dehcho First Nations website.