Roseau River elects new chief


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Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation has elected a new chief.

Gary Roberts defeated incumbent Craig Alexander in elections held Saturday, March 18.

Senior election officer Burke Ratte confirmed the results.

Roberts garnered 235 votes to Alexander’s 111. Keith Henry (198), June Thomas (78), and Ken Henry Jr. (50) also ran in the five-way chief’s race.

Four council seats will be filled by one incumbent and three newcomers. Terry Nelson was re-elected with 167 votes. He will be joined by Evan Roberts (198), Rachel Seenie (157), and Jason Henry (139), who prevailed among a crowded field of 29 candidates.

Incumbent councillors Mike Seenie and Alfred Hayden did not seek re-election, while June Thomas ran unsuccessfully for chief.

Roseau River’s new chief and council will serve a four-year term.

Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization, which represents Roseau River and 33 other First Nations in southern Manitoba, congratulated Roberts on Twitter.

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