The Nuxalk Nation will hold its required election for Chief and Council positions on, Tuesday, March 12 of 2013.
The federal Indian Act requires that nations hold elections every two years for both Chief and Councilor positions. This has long been a source of contention for many nations, who maintain that the legislation is intentionally crippling and restricts nations from moving forward with their affairs.
However, the process of changing the election requirements is tedious and takes years of effort. While the Nuxalk Nation has looked at the concept, at present there is no definite plan to take it on.
Current Chief Andrew Andy has served one term. As of press time, this year’s candidates had not yet been confirmed. The nomination meeting was held on January 29, but candidates have until February 2 to decide whether or not they are going to run.
The Coast Mountain News will be following the elections closely and plans to feature the candidates in the following issue.