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Chief Ken Hansen stepping down as Yale First Nation chief

Hansen will address resignation in video interview to be distributed to band members
Picture of Yale First Nation (YFN) Chief Ken Hansen in 2018. He will be addressing reasons for resignation, as well as his role as chief, in a video interview for YFN members. (Emelie Peacock)

After seven years serving as the Chief of Yale First Nation (YFN), Ken Hansen will not be re-running in the upcoming election in September.

Hansen officially made the announcement on Feb. 12 in a letter addressed to YFN members. In it, Hansen explains he will be conducting a video interview, to be distributed to the YFN community, explaining his reasons for resigning as well as “providing an extensive list of accomplishments and outlining the challenges of leadership” in the YFN community.

“I anticipate the interview being completed over the month of February and delivered to YFN Community Members by early March,” Hansen said via letter. “Over the next seven months, there will be a lot of transitioning with several new members of the YFN Office and the election of a new council member.

“Please try to support your office as they are trying hard to learn roles and adjust.”

In addition to Hansen’s resignation, former Yale councillor Pedro Moreno Jr. resigned in December 2022. Due to Moreno’s resignation, YFN will be holding a byelection on March 23 in order to “elect a councillor to complete the term of the vacant office until the next Chief and Council Election in September 2003.”

The byelection will be held at Chawathil First Nation from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Kemone Moodley

About the Author: Kemone Moodley

I began working with the Hope Standard on August 2022.
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