Whitehorse Daily Star

First Nation appoints deputy chief

The Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) has a deputy chief after its elected chief was suspended amid workplace sexual harassment allegations last month.

By Whitehorse Star on February 8, 2019

The Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) has a deputy chief after its elected chief was suspended amid workplace sexual harassment allegations last month.

That’s Andy Carvill, who as CBC North reported in January, faced the allegations and saw his apology accepted by the accuser.

The First Nation’s executive council has now appointed by consensus Maria Benoit from the Deisheetaan Clan as its deputy chief.

Carvill was chief after serving as the grand chief of the Council of Yukon First Nations.

He faced two outcomes last month: the council could either dismiss him or suggest he repay the First Nation’s legal fees while keeping him in the role.

Late last month, the council moved to suspend him and said it was “reviewing this situation through an independent investigation.”

That was in relation to his suspension “for comments amounting to sexual harassment.”

The Star has reached out to Carvill for comment on his situation. He has not responded.

Benoit comes into the position with a decade of experience on the council.

In 2002 and 2003, she was the contractor for referendum and ratification vote for self-government.

As well, she has worked as the executive assistant, governance manager for the government department, along with the director for the health and wellness and for the capacity development departments.

Benoit is to serve up to a term of four years, as per the First Nation’s constitution.

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