The Assembly of First Nations has a new Regional Chief.
Marlene Poitras, who is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, was selected on Thursday by Treaty 6, 7, and 8 Chiefs of Alberta and is now the first woman to hold the position.
Thirty-nine First Nation Chiefs, including from the RMWB, choose between four candidates with Poitras earning 66 per cent of the vote.
“I am so honoured to be able to serve as the Regional Chief for Alberta,” said Poitras, in a release. “I would like to thank the Chiefs and elders of Alberta for all of their support over the course of my campaign.”
Regional Chief Poitras was first nominated by Chief Brenda Kehewin-Vanguard, Kehewin First Nation.
Throughout her campaign, she focused on youth and ensuring they know about their rights as Treaty citizens.
“I know she will fight for our First Nation’s youth in foster care, living on the streets, incarcerated or suffering with no hope,” added Kehewin-Vanguard. “Today’s vote sends a clear signal that First Nation children are a top concern of Alberta’s Chiefs.”
Poitras’ will start her new role at the ‘Assembly of First Nations’ National Executive meeting on March 1.