Following a historic election on the Blood reserve earlier this week, the Blood Tribe’s newly elected chief and council were officially sworn in Friday.
Chief Roy Fox was elected Tuesday along with 12 councillors.
Fox has been chief of the Blood Tribe before, spending 16 years in that capacity as well as another six years on council. The newly minted chief says things are much different now than they were 20 years ago when he first held the position.
“We need to find innovative ways of getting additional resources and additional funding both from public and private sectors, so that we can pay for those added solutions and services that are really required to help our members,” Fox said.
The following councillors were also sworn into office Friday:
- Floyd Big Head;
- Joanne Lemieux;
- Dorothy First Rider;
- Lance Tailfeathers;
- Marcel Weasel Head;
- Timothy Tailfeathers;
- Kirby Many Fingers;
- Martin Heavy Head;
- Kyla Crow Spreads His Wings;
- Franklyn White Quills;
- Leanne Robin Little Bear;
- Henry Shade.
Coun. Big Head says it is an honour to be elected as a new member of the council and that there is a lot of work to be done within the Blood Tribe.
“Right now, I feel the main issue is the fentanyl abuse,” he said. “It has really affected our community in the last few years. We have to address that and find people who can help those who are addicted.”
The new chief and council have already held an informal meeting and are planning to have their first official council meeting next week to discuss the future of the Blood Tribe.