The Chief of the Tl’etinqox (Anaham) First Nation says he’s honored to have been re-elected on Monday.
Joe Alphonse says he’s excited with the work that they’ve begun and to get some stuff done.
“We held our first meeting, just an introductory session kind of a goal setting for the next 2 years. One of the things the community has really spoken about in this election is developing our own custom code, custom election, drug and alcohol testing for anyone who is in leadership.”
Alphonse says also high on the agenda is the implications of where they’re at with negotiations/reconciliation with British Columbia and Canada.
He says he believes a very good Council was voted under him as well and that no one person can do everything, and that you need a community to support it.
“It’s really complicated. There’s many layers to leadership nowadays and with our negotiations with Canada and BC no one Chief can all those things effectively. Communities such as ours have to take a long hard look and determine whether we need to establish a different system that’s going to allow us to be productive all the way around and if that means appointing more community chiefs and political chiefs then so be it.”