Record-setting voter turnout for Missanabie election

Timmins Daily Press

Missanabie Cree First Nation has held its first election since been given reserve status by the federal government last year.

Jason Gauthier, who was re-elected chief in a decisive victory, said this election saw the most votes cast in the history Missanabie Cree First Nation.

Gauthier soundly defeated his two opponents receiving 177 votes. The runner-up was Kim Rainville who received 54 votes followed by Cheryl Macumber with 18.

The five candidates elected to council were Les Nolan, Cory McLeod, Jo Ann Pezzo, Shawn Pine and Bobbi Fletcher-Decorte.

Members of the First Nation had to mail in their ballots by Aug. 15 but they also had the opportunity to vote in person.

Last summer, the Missanabie Cree First Nation secured 3,900 hectares of “ancestral lands” in the area of Dog Lake, west of Chapleau, where over the next few years it is expected a reserve community will be built up.

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