Rosemarie Skin elected new chief of Skin Tyee

Rosemarie Skin was voted in as the new chief of the Skin Tyee First Nation in its election on March 1.

Skin received 49 votes, with candidate Helen Michelle trailing behind her with 30 votes, and Joseph Skin with four votes according to the official results compiled by OneFeather, a First Nations election services company.

Five candidates ran for the two councilor seats including, Dave Skin, Rene V. Skin, Robert Skin, Shirley Wilson and William Wisler. Robert Skin and Wissler won, with 47 and 51 votes respectively.

Eighty-three voters cast ballots in the election, out of 123 eligible voters representing a turnout of 67 per cent.

Incumbent chief Rene Skin, who has been in power for about six years did not stand in the election.

Skin’s leadership was last year the source of division in the Southside community, after dozens of members signed a petition seeking to have him removed from office based on concerns over financial transparency and residency.

READ MORE: Petition asks Skin Tyee First Nation’s chief to resign

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