by Andru McCracken

Shelly Loring is the new chief of the Simpcw First Nation / SUBMITTED

The Simpcw have elected a new chief. Shelly Loring has been elected chief for a three year term starting on June 1st, 2018.

“It is indeed a true honour to have been elected Kukpi7 (Chief) for the Simpcw’emc (Simpcw People),” wrote Loring in an email to the Goat. “This is a role that I will assume with humility and respect. There are a lot of initiatives that Simpcw is involved in and it is imperative that the new leadership is able to step into our roles and continue the momentum moving forward.”

Loring said that the Simpcw would continue to be present in the valley and hunt, fish and gather and be present in the valley both north and south of Valemount.

Loring received 113 votes of the 152 cast, defeating Darrel Eustache. Current Chief Nathan Matthew did not run for re-election.

Unlike municipal elections, elections for chief and council at Chu Chua happens in stages. Loring was elected on April 8th, and councillors will be elected on May 6th.

The following councillors are up for re-election:

Tom Eustache, Tina Donald, Jules Philip, George Lampreau, Ronald Lampreau Jr.,

Other nominees for council include Eddie Celesta, Darrel Eustache, and Alison Eustache.

Lori Eustache and Geraldine Matthew are running for the position of off-reserve councillor.