Public Notice of Elections 2021

Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Cree Nation Government

Public Notice of Election

NEMASKA, Eeyou Istchee (May 3, 2021). Please take notice that ELECTIONS for the offices of Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson of the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee and the Cree Nation Government have been called.

Nominations for the Positions of Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/ Vice-Chairperson open on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.

Important Dates

The schedule for the elections is as follows:

  1. NOMINATIONS OPEN: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
  2. NOMINATIONS CLOSE: Monday, June 7, 2021
  3. CLOSING OF BALLOTS: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
  4. NOTICE OF CANDIDATES: Friday, June 11, 2021 
  5. ADVANCE POLLS: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  6. ELECTION DAY: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Please note that some dates have been extended to provide more time for nominations, they are now highlighted above.

Qualifications and Procedures

QUALIFICATION TO VOTE

The qualification for eligibility to vote and to participate in the elections is as follows:

  1. To be a Cree beneficiary in the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
  2. To be of the age of majority at the date of the elections (18 years of age on July 14, 2021).
  3. Not to be affected by any legal incapacity.

QUALIFICATION TO BE A CANDIDATE

Any nomination for candidacy must be duly made by ten (10) eligible voters, as prescribed in the attached nomination forms for both positions, in order to be declared a valid nomination by the Chief Electoral Officer. No one shall sign a nomination for more than one candidate for either position.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES

The deadline for submission of the nomination forms is at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, 2021. Please be advised that nominations received after the posted time will not be accepted.

The nominees will have until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2021, to inform the Chief Electoral Officer whether to accept or decline their nomination.

The nomination forms can be obtained from the Local Returning Officers that have been appointed by the Chief Electoral Officer or from the office of the Chief Electoral Officer.

List of Local Returning Officers

The local returning officer will receive your nominations as well as provide a copy of a nomination form for candidates. We will update this listing if any information changes.

Local Returning Officer Email address Contact Numbers
Whapmagoostui

Frances George

frances_a_george@hotmail.com 819-929-3996 or on messenger
Chisasibi

Abilene Ratt

abileneratt69@gmail.com 819-855-7617
Wemindji

Christine Kakabat

benefits_finance@wemindji.ca  819-978-7783
Eastmain

Sharon Moses

smoses@cngov.ca 819-977-5222

819-977-5471

Waskaganish

Clarence Happyjack

clarence_happyjack@hotmail.com 819-210-8465
Nemaska

Tina Wapachee

tinaw@nemaska.ca 819-354-1774 or on messenger
Mistissini

Anita Shecapio-Matoush

anitashecapio@hotmail.com 581-578-4288 or on messenger
Ouje-Bougoumou

Kristina Shecapio-Blacksmith

kristina@ouje.ca 418-770-7490

418-745-3911, ext. 224

Waswanipi

John Jolly

Isp.waswanipi@outlook.com 819-753-2600 or on messenger
Washaw Sibi

Cecile Mutt

cecilemutt@hotmail.com 819-218-2743

June 11, 2021

(Nemaska, June 11, 2021) I, the Chief Returning Officer for the Cree Nation Government, do hereby certify the following candidates in respect of the election for the Grand Chief/Chairperson and Deputy Grand Chief/Vice-Chairperson.

GRAND CHIEF/CHAIRPERSON
ACCEPTED DECLINED
Abel Bosum Davey Bobbish
Mandy Gull
Pakesso Mukash

 

DEPUTY GRAND CHIEF/VICE-CHAIRPERSON
ACCEPTED DECLINED
Ashley Iserhoff
Donald Nicholls
Norman A. Wapachee

Contact

For further information, please contact:

Robin Pachanos
Chief Electoral Officer
Email: rpachanos@cngelections.ca

Cell: 418-748-5495