Briefs include: Roy Fabian retains position as K'atl'odeeche chief, RCMP prepare for marine exercise Operation Gateway 2015, and charges laid in Fort McPherson over financial irregularities.
Roy Fabian retains position as K’atl’odeeche chief
Incumbent Roy Fabian has retained his position as chief of the K’atl’odeeche First Nation in Hay River following an election which took place on June 24. Fabian ran against first-time candidate April Martel for the position. Official results show a tight race, with Fabian receiving 91 votes and Martel receiving 81. Joining Fabian are councillors Jeanna Graham, Robert Lamalice, Fred Martel Jr. and Pat Martel.
RCMP prepare for marine exercise Operation Gateway 2015
Police in the NWT are getting ready for Operation Gateway 2015, an annual maritime patrol of the Mackenzie River, River Delta and the coastal waters of the Beaufort Sea. The RCMP patrol is scheduled to last 17 days, launching from Hay River on July 7 and concluding in Tuktoyaktuk on July 24. The operation will run concurrently with Operation Nunakput, a Canadian Armed Forces maritime patrol. The exercise is conducted to enhance RCMP and military capacity to respond to emergencies and provide comprehensive policing services.
Charges laid in Fort McPherson over financial irregularities
The RCMP’s federal investigations unit has laid charges in regards to an investigation of financial irregularities within Fort McPherson’s community finances. The hamlet’s former director of finance Ina Koe, 44, has been charged with two counts of fraud over $5,000 and one count of breach of trust by a public officer. The investigation, launched following a forensic financial audit in 2013, found Koe guilty of abusing her position and misappropriating over $400,000 in hamlet funds for personal use and gain.