The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations has another woman vice chief.

Heather Bear of the Ochapowace First Nation is now the federation’s Fourth Vice Chief.  Bear defeated the Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s Robin McLeod by a vote count of 568 to 293 in today’s election in Saskatoon.

She takes over a position that’s been vacant ever since the resignation of Simon Bird.

Bear joins Kimberly Jonathan as the organization’s first-ever women vice chiefs.

Meanwhile, incumbent Second Vice Chief Bobby Cameron was re-elected to another term with a lopsided victory over challenger Jeremy Fourhorns of the Piapot First Nation.

Cameron received 780 votes. Fourhorns got 89.