Dylan Whiteduck re-elected as Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg chief

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Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg Chief Dylan Whiteduck in a file photo from February 2021. Prior to being elected, Whiteduck worked as an economic development officer in the community. (Jean-François Poudrier/Radio-Canada - image credit)
Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg Chief Dylan Whiteduck in a file photo from February 2021. Prior to being elected, Whiteduck worked as an economic development officer in the community. (Jean-François Poudrier/Radio-Canada - image credit)

Kitigan Zibi Anishinābeg voters have brought back Dylan Whiteduck as chief.

Whiteduck was elected this past weekend for a second two-year term as chief of the council for the Algonquin community north of Ottawa-Gatineau.

His pitch to voters included investing in land in Algonquin territory, more options to learn Algonquin, working toward a new community sports centre and electoral reform to, among other things, move to a three-year council term.

Frankie Cote came second in the race for chief, but won a spot back on council. He said he was nominated for both positions.

Former chief Jean-Guy Whiteduck also won a spot on the six-person council, along with newcomers Alice Beaudoin, a photographer, and social services worker Natasha Mitchell.

According to electoral officer Tina Dewache, the full council is as follows:

  • Alice Beaudoin, elected with 333 votes.

  • Frankie Cote, elected with 349 votes.

  • Frank Meness, elected with 375 votes.

  • Tash Mitchell, elected with 335 votes.

  • Doug Odjick, elected with 429 votes.

  • Jean-Guy Whiteduck, elected with 382 votes.