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Bobby Cameron elected chief of Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations

Bobby Cameron has been elected new chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

Chiefs from across Saskatchewan voted Thursday

Bobby Cameron has been elected chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. (FSIN)

Bobby Cameron has been elected the new chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

The vote came Thursday at the FSIN's fall session in Saskatoon.

Cameron, a member of the Witchekan Lake First Nation, is currently an FSIN vice-chief.

The new chief said he hopes for better relations with Ottawa. Cameron will be dealing with a new Liberal prime minister who promises to work with indigenous people on a "nation to nation" basis.

Cameron said education and housing are the top two issues he wants addressed.

"Our First Nation communities of Saskatchewan have been waiting 20, 30 years for funding to be increased. Our growing population, the fastest growing demographic in Canada and Saskatchewan."

The other two candidates were Helen Ben and Leo Omani.

Ben is the former tribal chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and Omani is the chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation. 

Interim chief Kimberly Jonathan is running for first vice chief this year and will be acclaimed. Jonathan took over the position when Chief Perry Bellegarde resigned to run for the position of national chief of the Assembly of First Nations last year.

The FSIN will also be electing a second vice chief. Former FSIN Chief Guy Lonechild is running for the position, as are former Sweetgrass First Nation Chief Rod Atcheynum and Flying Dust Cree Nation Chief Robert Merasty.

Current Third Vice Chief Dutch Lerat is also running unopposed and will also be acclaimed.

Chiefs from across Saskatchewan participated in the vote.

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