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Runner-up may challenge results

The runner-up for chief in the Liard First Nation’s general election held Monday is thinking about challenging the results.

By Chuck Tobin on December 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm

The runner-up for chief in the Liard First Nation’s general election held Monday is thinking about challenging the results.

George Morgan told the Star this morning he learned last week from the First Nation’s election office that the fax machine used to accept absentee-ballot applications has not worked for the entire election period, going back to mid-November.

With no ability to receive the required identification for absentee ballots or send out ballots once the requirements were fulfilled, some Liard First Nation citizens were not able to vote, Morgan said.

Daniel Morris was elected as chief with approximately 120 votes.

Morgan finished second with about 100 votes, according to Morgan’s unofficial recollection of Monday’s vote count.

Returning officer Pauline Lund was not available this morning nor early this afternoon to provide all the results.

Morgan said Jim Wolftail placed third in the race for chief, Susan Magun was fourth and Georgina Lutz-McKay was fifth.

Results for the councillors were not available.

Morgan said he spent a good deal of time connecting with members of the Liard First Nation living Outside the Yukon but who are still eligible to vote.

He said he’ll take a couple of days to decide whether he’ll launch a challenge based on the inability of absent members to vote.

According to the numbers, Morgan added, Morris did not receive support from 70 per cent of the eligible voters.

“We have a lot of disappointed people in the Liard First Nation and in the Town of Watson Lake,” he said. “It was really clear Daniel was the benefactor of vote-splitting.”

Morris could not be reached for comment this morning.

His candidacy for chief raised concerns among some, given his criminal record for an assault on his estranged wife in 2003 while he was chief.

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Dec 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm

This is so disturbing on so many levels.  There are many jobs in Yukon that you cannot even get an interview without a criminal record check.  Why would this FN not have it in their agreement? Do not even put your name forth if you have a criminal record-especially of violence, sexual assault. There are also allegations of theft of large amounts of money- sounds like all fingers were pointing that direction but no one would foot the bill to investigate.
This election says a lot to how at least 120 LFN FN voters feel about the rights and safety of their grandmothers, mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters!!! Not to mention their finances.  Let’s see if this new regime is willing to forgive past crimes of the church, government and RCMP as they are willing to forgive their new Chief.  Yukon FN have certainly taken away the awe of what it means to be a chief…

sober thoguht

Dec 17, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Another LFN foul up.  Broken fax machine…lol.  It’s like watching the apple dumpling gang.  No wonder they are not self governing.

No you didn't

Dec 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm

No way you did not just mention how YUKON FN CAN TAKE THE AWE OF WHAT MEANS TO BE CHIEF! If you wanna play the race card look at flipping politics all together. A good example - what about FORD? How could people let him get away with what he did, huh?
Yukon FN have not officially healed from residential school. You can’t just heal all the community problems over night! NOT ONLY FN HAVE PROBLEMS, EVERYONE HAS DISTURBING problems in every political aspect so shame on you for your comment about YUKON FNs!

My 2 bits

Dec 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

As a Non-First Nation that lives in the community,  I would like to congratulate the councilors that got in. They are a good group of people who will have their work cut out for them keeping their new “leader” in check.  Very disappointed that Watson Lake FN’s voted a sex offender back to power.  I’m afraid his supporters will be eating their words during his upcoming term.  Guess time will tell.  My prediction is that there will be some major restructuring of the LFN to include friends and family of the newly appointed chief!

bobby bitman

Dec 18, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Another example of why there should be continued rounds of voting (ballots) until one candidate gets more than 50% of the vote.  If I am reading the article correctly, this chief was elected with 30% of the vote.  He is a sex offender and a thief and probably a lot of people feel very strongly that he should not be chief but now they are stuck with him.  I very much believe that Morgan should challenge the results based on the fax machine not working.  It is a legitimate complaint, and Morris has such a low level of support that it is not as if it would not matter.

cathy dickson

Dec 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I am LFN and I am glad that we have 5 different people that won in this election. I have lived and worked in this office and have seen first hand the living conditions of our grassroots people. Remember we are Kaska and OUR ELDERS are the GOVERNMENT OF OUR PEOPLE. He who is without sin throw the first stone, everyone makes mistakes, especially if you are a residential school survivor. I am happy for this change.

john gould

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Cathy:  You are Daniel’s sister in law and “grass roots people” what are you talking about why is it that you always use “our traditions” and ‘those without fault cast the first stone” quotes to try and explain away the fact that your brother in law is a convicted sex offender. Stop trying to make this a minor problem being blown up by nosey readers. This is a serious problem because mine and everyone elses hard earned tax dollars are being handed out to shady societies and convicted sex offenders and I for one do not want “MY” Government negotiating with such people.


Dec 19, 2013 at 2:29 pm

So how long does it take to heal and how much $$$$$$$$$$ does it take?
There are million’s of people on this planet that have had shitty thing done to them as children. But how long and how much? I don’t think anyone was playing the race card but you did go there. Why is it alright to wear a shirt that say’s native pride but I’m a racist if I was to were one that said white pride. So when life hands you lemons make lemonade!!

John Gould

Dec 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Cathy: We also have a responsibility to all women and children to not only protect their civil liberties but that the role models we put in front of them are positive people not convicted criminals because in my view and everybody that I have spoken with view, is that Daniel does not meet even the minimal requirements for that trust.
So if you can open your mind and your eyes and ears and listen to the people you would know that because you say that there is no risk means nothing to any of us. You said you worked in the band office I bet that was when Daniel was chief the last time so you see you have more to lose than the majority of your people if George was to win on a election challenge and so would all the other members writing because they voted for him. 
If like you say your concern is for your people then stop telling them what they should think or feel and allow the re election and if by some miracle he was voted in then you would have a ground to stand on. But that’s not what happened the Dickson’s Morris’s and Donnessy’s have spoken and I’m sorry but they only speak for one third of the votes. And that may have been ok too but not with a convicted criminal for a leader. Then to add to the whole ball of wax a trusted and vocal opposition to Daniel even being allowed to run suddenly changes her mind raises all kinds of flags of corruption and conspiracies so please stop trying to convince the majority of this and every other community that this is a good thing or a traditional thing or that forgiveness is a Kaska tradition or anything else. This is not going away we as a people also have a right to contest and that’s exactly what we are doing.

pete sakes

Dec 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm

OK I AM ALREADY SICK OF HEARING THIS ELECTION BUSINESS! I AM NON FIRST NATIONS and what effect does this have on us people who are non first nations the way I see it it’s between their first nations and if they wanted our help they would have asked a long time ago! However, I feel for the victims family god bless you all during this time as your story of what happen to you keeps being brought up in the media.

Had Enough

Dec 19, 2013 at 3:25 pm

As a young Aboriginal family who’s lived on and off reserve, we find this absolutely appalling. Tell me something, what message is this sending to our children! Think long and hard about that! How can we heal and succeed when our own people keep perpetuating this horrible cycle?

Let’s call a spade a spade…..it’s all about haves vs. have not’s, family vs. family! Fiscal mismanagement, poverty, major abuse issues, additions, suicides all run rampant in our communities - and round-and-round we go. I caution you………our children are watching!

We have become our own worst enemies, another community divided, families destroyed, and we can never seem to understand why Canadians will not get behind our issues (HMMMMMM….I WONDER WHY THAT IS!!!!!!!!!!!) For those who don’t ridicule us, they pity us - what kind of legacy is that?

I promise you this, ...... your actions and these types decisions are going to make it virtually impossible for us younger generations to pick up the pieces. We as Aboriginal people need to collectively become part of the solution instead of being the problem!

When will our real leaders stand up?!

john gould

Dec 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Att; pete sakes: If what your reading bothers you so much then don’t read the article. As for the victim, it just so happens to be his wife and if you knew anything about the case and the violence and excuses used to try and explain it away maybe your opinion would change. It is very unfortunate that people like yourself pretend to know what you’re talking about just to get on with things. Well sorry to discourage you but this matter does affect everyone in this community and to think otherwise is crazy.
On every level this election and its results and the suspicious behavior of the LAWS society all concern us and not just because of the monetary reasons.The Laws receives huge contributions of our tax dollars and Liard First Nations Money and when there is serious allegations laid against this society then we all have a right and a obligation to resolve these issues. And on the Daniel Morris Issue we elected a Government to instill Laws and Values for ALL CANADIANS not just the non native population and when those values and laws are being violated or changed by a private Government, again as a Canadian citizen, we are obligated to resolve the issue. And the issue in case you are unaware is that first a fair and non bias election was not given to the LFN majority or its candidates. And second and more important, who does Liard First Nations think they are saying we must negotiate with a convicted sex offender. This makes our Government of Canada look weak and enforces the wrong message to its constituents so sorry for dragging this matter on or inconvenience you but some of us really do care about our community and its people

My 2 bits

Dec 19, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Well said “had enough”.  FN’s have a huge opportunity in front of them that seems to go unnoticed, again and again.  Bands across North America are moving forward and actually becoming self reliant.  An important step in the health of their people.  “Pete Sakes” This should affect you! unless of course you are not a parent, taxpayer or just plain oblivious to the world around you. I don’t think that’s the case, cause you obviously have something to say.

Just Say'in

Dec 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

Well said “Had Enough” This will all change when people like you step up and demand a change. The problem is there is so much disfunction and Mafia tactics at play in these communities that the good people leave. These places remind me of a time laps photo of a pond in the Serengeti as summer arrives and it evaporates. All of the beautiful animals move on as the water disappears and what is left is a bunch of gators scorpions and vipers all preying on each other. And may the most horrible survive.

Jackie Ward

Dec 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

What is with the Yukon, and First Nations electing losers? Eddie Skookum? Then this guy? Doesn’t look good on you at all. Very very sad. What a terrible message you send to the children. Wow, unbelievable. I just shake my head.

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