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Picard re-elected as chief of Assembly of First Nations Quebec Labrador for 11th term

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Ghislain Picard has been elected to an 11th mandate as chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador.

In an election Tuesday, Picard captured 74 per cent of the votes, beating out former Kanesatake Mohawk grand chief Serge Simon and winning a new three-year term.

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Picard was first elected regional chief in 1992.

Out of 35 ballots cast by band council chiefs or their representatives, 26 went to Picard and nine to Simon.

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The organization represents the 43 First Nations chiefs in Quebec and Labrador.

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Picard is from the Innu community of Pessamit in the Quebec’s Côte-Nord region, about 50 kilometres southwest of Baie-Comeau.

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