'Come talk to me': Doris Bill re-elected chief of Kwanlin Dün First Nation

Bill received 193 votes in yesterday's election, 81 more than her closest candidate.

6 councillors also won seats in Wednesday election

Chief Doris Bill, right, and councillor Jessie Dawson, left, celebrate their re-elections to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation on Wednesday. (Karen Vallevand/CBC News )

Doris Bill has been re-elected to a second term as chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse.

Bill received 193 votes in yesterday's election, 81 more than her closest candidate, Charlene Charlie.

Six councillors were also elected: Dennis Calbery, Charles Chief, Jessie Dawson, Howard MacIntosh, Sean Smith and Ray Sydney.

See the full voting results below. (On mobile? Click here.) 

Community safety 

Bill says her focus on community safety helped win her another three years in office.

"I knew that people wanted a safe community so we focused a great deal on community safety and the results of that speak for themselves," she said. "The statistics are quite impressive. Calls to the RCMP are down 40 per cent and people noticed that."

But she adds there's more work to do in that area.

"It's not where I think where we want it to be," she said. "So I think it's something we'll continue to work on."

'My door's open' 

Four other people vied for Bill's seat, 17 for the six council seats. 

"I've come to realize there are some factions in the community that will never come on board," said Bill. "I can do my best to reach out and despite what was said during the election campaign, I have held an open-door policy. Citizens were able to text me, call me, drop by. There were times when I was extremely busy and couldn't see people. I heard a couple of complaints about that. 

"But overall I'm a pretty approachable person. And I think I will continue that. And if I can extend an olive branch, my door's open. Come talk to me. It always has been open. And I welcome any conversations to be had."

Re-elected Kwanlin Dün Chief Doris Bill celebrates her victory Wednesday with son Charlie. (Karen Vallevand/CBC News )

Three of the six councillors elected are returning for a second term.

"We can cut back on the orientation a bit now," said Bill. 


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