Kelly McLeod named interim deputy grand chief of Gwich’in Tribal Council in Canada

Kelly McLeod, president of the Nihtat Gwich’in, right, is pictured with his late sister Kristine McLeod, who died in a car accident last August. Kelly has been named interim deputy grand chief of Gwich’in Tribal Council, a position his sister held. (Mackenzie Scott/CBC)

Kelly McLeod, president of Nihtat Gwich’in Council in Inuvik,  a city in Canada’s Northwest Territories, will fill his late sister’s role as deputy grand chief of the Gwich’in Tribal Council on an interim basis until next February.

Kristine McLeod died in a traffic accident on the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktuk highway last August. She was 38 years old. She had been elected deputy grand chief in September 2020.

“Kelly and Kristine share the same values and thoughts about serving our Gwich’in Nation, and it was appropriate for our board to appoint Nihtat Gwich’in Council president Kelly McLeod as the Interim Deputy Grand Chief,” said Grand Chief Ken Kyikavichik in a Facebook post.

Kelly was elected president of Inuvik’s Nihtat Gwich’in Council last March.

He’s set to serve as deputy grand chief until the Gwich’in Tribal Council’s Annual General Assembly in February 2022.

Related stories from around the North: 

Canada: Natan Obed acclaimed president of national Inuit org in Canada, CBC News

FinlandPsychosocial support for Sami proposed ahead of Finland’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Yle News

Sweden: Land use rights a key issue in this year’s Sami parliamentary elections in Sweden, Radio Sweden

CBC News

For more news from Canada visit CBC News.

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

Leave a Reply

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.
Netiquette »

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *