Fred Sangris has withdrawn his name from those seeking the position of chief of Dettah in an election this August.

Sangris’ decision to withdraw was due to the work he needs to finish on the Akaitcho land claims process. “I was asked by the elders and members to continue as community negotiator, working with the Akaitcho negotiations team, so that’s what I’m going to do,” Sangris stated in a news release.

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Chief Eddie Sangris now has two challengers for the position of chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation community of Dettah – Rachel Crapeau and Bobby Drygeese. The election for the position of chief, a four-year term, will be held August 12th.

A candidates forum is planned for August 1st at the Chief Drygeese Community Centre in Dettah, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Following the election for chief of Dettah, a regular election for councillors in Ndilo and Dettah will be held August 26th. There are 10 councillors, five from each community, all are four-year terms. All who want to become councillors must have their nominations submitted by June 27th at 5 p.m.

The chief of Ndilo Ernest Betsina was elected in 2017, as elections of the chiefs of each community are staggered two years apart.