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Former councillor Dylan Loblaw is the new chief of the Ross River Dena Council

“It feels good. It feels great,” says Loblaw.

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The Ross River Dena Council has a new chief.


Former councillor Dylan Loblaw took the top job from Jack Caesar – who was first voted in back in 2015 – by getting 64 votes in Monday night’s election.


“Our people and our community have spoken,” Loblaw told CHONfm during a phone call yesterday afternoon.


“It feels good. It feels great. Becoming a chief for my nation here is quite the accomplishment,” he added.


Ross River housing crisis


Loblaw says he is eager to get going and tackle issues in the community like housing.


“We’re in a bit of a housing crisis here in Ross River. We will be advocating and putting our efforts in to create more housing and better housing for our Elders and all ages. In order for our community to grow we are going to need some new units,” said Loblaw.


“My main priorities are to unite our community, to revitalize our culture, and to create a vision and move forward in a good way,” he continued.


New Council elected


The election also saw a shake up in councillors. Verna Nukon took home 167 votes, holding on to her position.


Former councillor Jenny Caesar failed to gain enough of the ballots to keep her job.


The new council is rounded out by Roberta Dick receiving 121 votes, Dorothy Smith getting 111 ballots, and Jimmy Smith attaining 107 votes.


The new chief and council will serve for three years.


Published March 16, 2022.

Written by: Dylan MacNeil

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