CORNER BROOK — The Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation will hold its first-ever election Oct. 23.
The band, which will mark the first anniversary of its creation on Saturday, will elect members to all of the positions available on the band council.
Those positions include chief, a western vice-chief, a central vice-chief and a council for each of the nine wards throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
The band officially came into being after the completion of a process that involved the signing of an agreement between the Canadian government and the Federation of Newfoundland Indians on June 23, 2008.
As per the requirements of that agreement, and the amended Section 6.5.2, the band council had to announce the date of its first election within 12 months of the creation of the band Sept. 22, 2011 and hold the election within 18 months of the band’s establishment.
Wayne Green, former chief electoral officer for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was appointed by the band council last Oct. 20 to be the electoral officer for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band Council election.
Green is expected to soon make a call for nominations for the available elected positions as outlined in the band formation agreement.