The newly elected Walpole Island First Nation Chief and Council have officially been sworn into office.
A ceremony was held on Monday, September 28, 2020 inside the Walpole Island Sports Complex.
“I will faithfully execute the duties of my office with personal and professional integrity in striving to achieve the aspirations of the Walpole Island First Nation community and its people,” newly elected Chief Charles Sampson said during the ceremony.
Chief Sampson, along with the 12 new Councillors, were each called up individually to read and sign the oath of office.
Justice Debra Isaac provided oversight during the ceremony, which was facilitated by James Jenkins, director of operations for Walpole Island.
To watch the full swearing in ceremony, watch the video, below:
Sampson captured the most votes for the office of Chief, gathering a total of 339 votes during the September 19, 2020 election.
Elaine Wrightman was the top vote getter for the newly elected Council, as she gathered 510 votes.
Also newly elected to Council were Marsha Miskokomon, Kennon Johnson, Lee Jacobs, Tyler White, Cody Miskokomon, Burton Kewayosh and Bree-Ann Thompson.
Re-elected to Council were Lyle Johnson, Valarie Wabosse, Neva Isaac-Sands and Ron Soney.