Wapass Taking Run At FSIN Leadership

Tuesday, August 01, 2006 at 13:08



One of the worst-kept secrets in First Nations politics was officially made public today.


At a news conference in Saskatoon this morning, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations vice-chief Delbert Wapass announced he is running for the job of FSIN chief this fall.


That post is currently held by Alphonse Bird, who’s already confirmed he’s seeking re-election.


A few weeks ago, another FSIN vice-chief, Lawrence Joseph, announced he was also in the running for that position.


Wapass, who’s a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, says he wants to see the FSIN focusing more closely on implementing and protecting treaty rights.


Wapass says he made the decision to run after detailed conversations with his family.


The FSIN will be holding its election for chief on October 25th in Saskatoon.