Kirby Whiteduck retiring as chief

There will be at least one new face on Pikwakanagan council after the elections on March 7. Both Chief Kirby Whiteduck and long-time councillor Ron Bernard will not be seeking re-election. The current council is pictured, with Chief Whiteduck in front. In back are Councillors Steve Benoit, Barb Sarazin, Wendy Jocko, Jim Meness, Dan Kohoko and Ron Bernard. Ms. Jocko is running for the chief’s position and she will be challenged by Lisa Meness and Greg Sarazin, both former chiefs. A total of 10 candidates are in the running for the four council positions.

Pikwakanagan -- For the first time since 2003 when Chief Kirby Whiteduck won his first of six consecutive terms as Chief of Algonquins of Pikwakanagan, his name will not appear on the ballot box in this year’s election scheduled for March 28. The stunning and surprise announcement comes just days ahead of the formal nomination meeting where all nominees will take part in a public forum, referred to as the Platform Process, and deliver a short campaign speech and take unfiltered questions from b...

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