Doris Bill elected Kwanlin Dun chief

Doris Bill was elected chief of Yukon's Kwanlin Dun First Nation in a close race Wednesday.
Newly-elected Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill, third from left, celebrates Wednesday night with her daughter Cheyanne, left, sister Shirley and her mother Maggie, far right. (courtesy of Karee Vallevand)

Doris Bill was elected chief of Yukon's Kwanlin Dun First Nation in a close race Wednesday.

Bill was elected chief with 152 votes. Former councillor Jennifer Edzerza was a close second with 139 votes.

The campaign and long wait for the results took their toll on Bill.

"I'm pooped," she said. "I'm very, very tired, and I had about four hours sleep last night so, we're running on adrenaline right now."

Bill says the first thing she will do is sit down and learn how to be chief.

She says her years of experience as a CBC Yukon journalist should ease relationships with other levels of government.

"Some of the them reached out and touched me last night on Facebook and I do know a lot of them. I know a lot of people in the premier's office, I know people at city hall from my time spent at CBC. That will make it a little easier so, my phone lines are open."

Raymond Sydney came third, and Wayne Jim finished fourth. Jim says he'll work with Bill to bring better communication to the First Nation.

"I think the focus [will be] on the culture, the education, and also trying to get the gap between the community and administration," he said. 

The preliminary results are also in for the six members of council. Since the race was so close, the names will be announced later Thursday after a recount.