Treaty Days introduces new Chief and Council at CLFN

Last Updated: July 13, 2022By Tags: ,

Cold Lake First Nations celebrated Treaty Days this past weekend while introducing the band’s new leadership team.

On Friday morning at the kickoff of Treaty Day celebrations, new Chief Kelsey Jacko, and councillors Deion Blackman, Jacinta Janvier, Loretta Angnaluak, Bernice Martial, Eliza Minoose-Flores, and Travis Matchatis were inaugurated into their roles. 

The weekend-long event included several games, BBQs, talent show acts, and fireworks.

CLFN’s new council was elected on June 29, while the vote for Chief was held on June 22nd.

Jacko earned the Chief position with 226 votes, roughly 34 percent of the vote, against six other candidates.

“I came a long ways on the journey to becoming Chief,” said Jacko, who welcomed the community to English Bay for the celebrations. 

“I’m glad we’re opening now to the public because of COVID. This a gathering so our people can get together and visit and celebrate the good things about treaty and whatnot.” 

 

 

The former Chief Roger Marten received 103 votes.

Jacko sat on the previous council.

“I gotta make sure everybody’s in line, everybody’s doing the right job for the betterment of the community, and for the ones yet to come. We’re kind of focusing on past, present, and future. So it’s a big celebration to get together,” said Jacko. 

The last election for Chief and council was held in 2019.

 

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