PBCN prepares polls for April 13 election, candidates confirmed for chief, council, elders council

Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation (PBCN) members will soon be going to the polls to elect councillors, elder council members and a new chief.

Six people have stepped forward for the chief’s position, which will be up for grabs - after more than 30 years in public life, current PBCN Chief Peter Beatty announced he would not be running for reelection to the seat last month. Beatty has served as chief since 2013.

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Karen Bird from Southend has run for chief in PBCN’s last two elections, losing each time to Beatty but finishing second in the vote in 2015. A pair of previous band council members - Simon Jobb from Sandy Bay and Weldon McCallum from Pelican Narrows - are also running for chief, along with Roland Natewayes and Horace “Cha Choo” Morin. Jason R. G. Linklater from Prince Albert is also listed as a candidate - he, along with Bird, unsuccessfully ran against Beatty in 2018.

Four candidates have stepped forward for the one Amisk Lake/Denare Beach councillor spot. Incumbent Marvin “Chuck” Morin will face Lionel Edgar Gardiner, Kevin Sewap and former Denare Beach/Amisk Lake councillor Clayton Sewap in the race for the seat.

For the PBCN elders council, Darlene Watson and James V. Sewap are running for the elder council seat for Amisk Lake/Denare Beach. For some communities, elders council seats have already been decided by acclamation - Deschambault Lake will be represented by Arthur Beatty and Frank Robillard, while Robert McCallum and Derek Custer will serve for Pelican Narrows. Seats are still up for grabs in five other PBCN communities

A full list of the candidates for all PBCN communities, including candidates for the PBCN elder council, can be found below.

Advance polls are scheduled to take place April 8 at 10 separate locations across PBCN, including at the Amisk Lake band office, Wapawikoscikan School, Sandy Bay band office and at Kimosom Pwatinahk Collegiate. These polls are scheduled to take place from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Election day itself is scheduled for April 13, with voting open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at seven separate areas - the Wapawikoscikan School, the Senator Allan Bird Memorial Centre in Prince Albert, the Amisk Lake band office, Sturgeon Landing school and at band offices in Southend, Sandy Bay and Deschambault Lake. All venues are subject to change.

According to PBCN, all election sites will feature COVID-19 protocols in place for all nomination meetings, advanced polls and for election day. Election activities, including the vote itself, may also be postponed due to COVID-19. Several PBCN communities have been hit hard by COVID-19, including Pelican Narrows. Case numbers are declining but 19 cases remain active in Pelican Narrows as of April 1.

“All COVID-19 protocols will be in place for the nomination meetings, advance polls and election day polls. Any candidate or elector in attendance will be required to comply with all COVID-19 safety precautions,” reads a statement issued Feb. 28 by PBCN electoral officer Burke Ratte.

“If necessary, the election may be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further updates will be provided.”

As of press time, no further information had been released regarding schedules or possible delays.

PBCN candidates list

 

Candidates for Chief

Karen Bird

Simon Daniel Jobb

Roland Eric Natewayes

Horace “Cha Choo” Morin

Weldon McCallum

Jason R.G. Linklater

 

Council candidates

Amisk Lake/Denare Beach (one seat)

Lionel Edgar Gardiner

Clayton C. Sewap

Marvin H. “Chuck” Morin

Kevin Sewap

 

Deschambault Lake (two seats)

Walter Ballantyne

Peter R. Beatty

Trevor G. Ballantyne

Tabitha Eninew

Angelique Sewap

Roy Eninew

Della Ballantyne

Alena Custer

Payton Ballantyne

 

Prince Albert urban (one seat)

Tommy K. Clarke

Clarisse “La La” Lecoq

Dwight McCallum

Clifford B. Ray

 

Pelican Narrows (five seats)

Glenda Merasty

Ovide Michel

Frances Highway

Alphonse Dorion

Arnold Dorion

Myrtle Ballantyne

Simon Cook Jr.

Harold Linklater

Suzzette H. Sewap

Eileen Linklater

Valerie Morin

Vernon Dorion

Emil McCallum

Marcella Bloomfield

Calvin McCallum

Ronald Michelle

Thomas Linklater Jr.

Clarence Linklater

Curtis J. Michel

Elizabeth Michel

Keith McCallum

Sarah Swan

Karen Jame McCallum

Sheldon Dorion

Wayne Ballantyne

Jason C. Morin

 

Sturgeon Landing (one seat)

Doreen Rose Sinclair

Richard Budd

Allan Michel

 

Sandy Bay (two seats)

John A. Daylight

Nora Bear

Timothy William Underwood

Marcelline Bernice Charlette

April Castel

Harry A. Morin

Harvey Norman Natewayes

 

Southend (two seats)

Tommy Bird

Moses Bird

Nelson Morin

Darren Morin

Kevin Morin

 

Elder council

Amisk Lake/Denare Beach (one seat)

Darlene watson

James V. Sewap

 

Deschambault Lake (two seats, both elected)

Arthur Beatty

Frank Robillard

 

Prince Albert urban (two seats)

Maurice Patrick Bear

Margaret Michel

Dennis W. Morin

Maurice Richards

 

Pelican Narrows (two seats, both elected)

Robert McCallum

Derek Custer

 

Sandy Bay (two seats)

Robert R. Ray

Evelyn Margaret McDonald

Myrtle Morin

Myrtle Ray

Tracy Randolph Merasty

Daniel Marcel Bear

Veronica Caribou

 

Sturgeon Landing (one seat)

Margaret Michel

Jenny Gamache

 

Southend (two seats)

Alphanie Clarke

Florence Clarke

Dennis Cook

George Philip Clarke

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