Members of Toosey First Nation voted yesterday (November 7) for Chief and 3 Councillor positions.
When the ballots were finished being counted, Francis Laceese was re-elected Chief after receiving 57 of the 108 votes cast.
Laceese said he is very grateful and thankful for being chosen and is looking forward to seeing the two-year term changed.
“We’re hoping this is the last time this two-year term will happen. We’re working on what we call a Custom Election. Most all other Tsilhqotin communities are on four or five-year terms so we’re working on something like that after these two years are over.”
Laceese was elected Chief in 1998 and also served on Council and as Band Manager from 1994 to 1998.
Two Councillors were also re-elected, Joey Isnardy and Violet Fuller.
Jason Houde is a newcomer to the Councillor position.
Laceese said he is looking forward to visiting in the spring the United Nations in New York on the rights of Indigenous and being part of a virtual session that will be taking place in Geneva Switzerland later this month.