Piikani First Nation: The Piikani First Nation people were looking for change on it's Band Council and change is what they got in Wednesday's election. It includes the bands first woman to be elected Chief.
Of the 11-people vying for the Chief's position, the majority of the votes (200) went to Gayle Marie Strikes With A Gun. She defeated incumbent Chief Reg Crow Shoe who had 66-votes. Women taking up the Chief's position is becoming a trend, as there are now 116
female Band Chiefs across the country. They are well educated. Gayle Marie has
a bachelor of education from the University of Lethbridge and a master of education administration
from the University of British Columbia. She also has 25-years of teaching experience and has held positions as a school principal, and acting superintendent.
Of the 57-people seeking the 12-Band Council positions, only one incumbent band member was re-elected. Doane Kane Crowshoe had the second highest number of votes at 281. The candidate with the most votes was Wesley Provost at 310.
The remainder of the new faces on the Band Council are:
Willet Yellow Face (276),
Angela Mary Grier (269),
Andrew Provost Jr. (248),
Fabian Floyd North Peigan (243),
Clayton Todd Small Legs (238),
Kyle David Grier (236),
Rebecca Serene Weasel Traveller (226),
Maurice Little Wolf (219),
Eloise Provost (219),
Casey Riel Scott (219).
The election was conducted by way of an electronic polling station at the Piikani Community Hall from from 9 A-M to 8 P-M on Wednesday, January 5th.