Despite frigid temperatures and a severe snowstorm that was in effect for most of the day Saturday, voters of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) still made their way to the New Credit Council House to fill out their ballots. Polls were open from nine o’clock in the morning until eight o’clock at night.
Electoral Officer, Julie LaForme was on hand Saturday night to say that despite the weather, she was still seeing a steady flow of voters. Election results were ready to be published late Sunday morning. M. Bryan LaForme was re-elected as Chief, receiving 242 votes. LaForme beat out Bill LaForme by a margin of 127 votes.
The 2013-2015 Councillors are: newly elected Sharon Bonham (LaForme) with 155 votes; re-elected Erma Ferrell (LaForme) with 216 votes; re-elected Clynt King with 160 votes; re-elected Stacey LaForme with 208 votes; re-elected Arlie LaForme with 168 votes; re-elected Cecil Sault with 174 votes and newly elected Larry Sault with 179 votes.
The MNCFN Band Council had their Swearing In of Chief and Council Representatives Ceremony Monday morning, which was held in Council Chambers. This election marks the 107th Council on the New Credit Reserve. A few historical facts were read to the small crowd before the ceremonies commenced. One bit of history is that between 1871 and 1886, elections were held every 3 years (not 2) and Chiefs were selected by Councillors.
Those absent from the Swearing In Ceremony were Chief Bryan LaForme who was away with a family emergency and Councillors Stacey LaForme and Larry Sault.
According to the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada website, the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (as of November 2013) have a population of 2,235 band members, 916 of whom live on-reserve.
The Two Row Times would like to congratulate the 2013-2015 Chief and Council of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and we wish them all the best of luck in their new and returning roles.