Advanced polls open Thursday for a Na-Cho Nyak Dun First Nation election scheduled for later this month, but some members don’t understand why there is an election at all.
Donny Buyck says no one has explained why former chief Ed Champion was ousted or why an election has been called.
The First Nation, based in Mayo, Yukon, removed Champion from office in January, with little explanation.
“He was elected to a four-year term, he’s only done two years. We don’t believe they have a valid reason — they haven’t given it to us yet,” says Buyck.
“And they’re carrying out this election as if it’s all above board – and it’s not.”
Champion has said he is still chief.
Elected councillors at the First Nation have not returned calls to CBC but a notice from the Na-Cho Nyak Dun office lists two chief candidates for the March 19 election: Simon Mervyn and Albert Genier.