Michel Wins Another Term As PBCN Chief

Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at 13:41



Saskatchewan’s second-largest First Nation has decided to stick with its current chief.


Ron Michel has been re-elected to another two-year term as chief of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation.


Michel finished with 1,357 votes.


His closest competitor was Harold Linklater, who finished with 795 votes — over 550 votes behind Michel.


Hector Morin received 631 votes in his run for chief, while fourth-place finisher Lester Gardiner managed to capture 182 votes.


Meanwhile, the new band council features a mix of old and new names.


In Pelican Narrows, the councilors are Darwin Morin, Francis Highway, Larry Sewap, Stanley J. Merasty and Tommy Sewap.


David Caribou and Roland Nataweyes were voted onto council in Sandy Bay.


In Southend, Darrin Morin and Ernest Cook captured enough votes to take the two available spot on council in that community.


A couple of familiar names are back in Deschambault Lake – Peter A. Beatty and Cornelius Ballantyne.


The rest of the band council includes George A. Michel in Prince Albert, Marguerite Michel in Sturgeon Landing and Marie Gunville in Denare Beach.