Ogimaa-kwe Patsy Corbiere returned for another term in AOK

Patsy Corbiere, chief of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation

AUNDECK OMNI KANING – Ogimaa-kwe Patsy Corbiere has been returned as chief in the August 29 band elections. Ogimaa-kwe Corbiere received 148 votes to challenger Marvin Assinewai’s 80 vote tally. 

Ogimaa-kwe Corbiere will be joined around the council table by seven councillors: Bryan Daniel Corbiere (100 votes), Frank Corbiere (106 votes), Janet Esquimaux (87 votes), incumbent Deborah Francis (93 votes), Justin Francis (101 votes), incumbent Ingrid Madahbee (96 votes) and incumbent Karen McGraw-Shokan (91 votes).

In other results, Diane Abotossaway received 77 votes, Kelly Abotossaway received 64 votes, Maxwell Abotossaway received 63 votes, Cynthia Beam received 50 votes, Zachary Corbiere received 50 votes, Matthew Esquimaux received 38 votes, Deborah King received 70 votes, Courtney Kurek received 80 votes, Scott Madahbee received 74 votes, James McComber received 77 votes, Norman Obotossaway received 58 votes, Susan Ramsdin received 67 votes and Serenity Sandford received 21 votes.

“I congratulate everyone in the community for coming out to vote, the new councillors and those from the previous council who were re-elected,” said Ogimaa-kwe Corbiere. “I feel we have a very strong and forward looking, positive thinking council and I am looking forward to working with them to build a healthy community.”

Ogimaa-kwe Corbiere noted that the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened many community ties and provides a strong base with which to work over the coming years.

“We have two major claims coming up that, if successful, will put all of council to work on building for the future,” she said. “In the meantime, we need to look at some policy changes that will help our community members strengthen their own families and help build the kind of healthy community we all want to see. We have a great community and we will make it even better if we all pull together.”