August 20, 2021 - At 6:05 p.m. on Friday, August 20, 2021 the Nomination Meeting for the Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Election officially closed.


The Chair of the Nomination Meeting has declared the following candidates for Grand Chief (in alphabetical order):


Eddie Erasmus

Jackson Lafferty

George Mackenzie

Who Can Run

According to Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Nomination and Election Laws, a person is eligible to be nominated and stand as a candidate for Grand Chief if he or she

  1. is a Tłı̨chǫ Citizen

  2. has attained the age of 25 on the day before election day; and

  3. has been a resident in a Tłı̨chǫ community or on Tłı̨chǫ land for at least two years immediately preceding the vote, except for absence due to medical, incarceration, education or similar reasons.

A person is not eligible to be nominated as or stand as a candidate for Grand Chief if he or she

  1. is a judge, territorial judge, youth justice court judge, or justice of the peace;

  2. is a member of the Parliament of Canada or Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories;

  3. is an election officer for that election; or

  4. is an auditor of the Tłı̨chǫ government

A person who is already a Chief or a Tłı̨chǫ Community Government can be nominated for a position of Grand Chief but if elected to the office of Grand Chief in a Tłı̨chǫ Community, that person may not simultaneously hold the office of a Chief in a Tłı̨chǫ Community

A full copy of the Tłı̨chǫ Nomination and Election Laws and be accessed by clicking here.

Nomination Process

The Nomination Meeting will take place on August 20, 2021 in Behchokǫ̀ at 10:00 a.m. in the Kǫ̀ Gocho Center Arena; with Tłįchǫ communities connected virtually by Zoom:

Gamètì, at 10:00 a.m. in the Community Government Hall

Whatì, at 10:00 a.m. in the Johnny Nitsiza Cultural Center

Wekweètì, at 10:00 a.m. in the Tłįchǫ Government Presence Office

According to Tłı̨chǫ Law, eligible candidates must be nominated in person by a Tłı̨chǫ citizen at the Nomination Meeting on August 20th. The nomination must then be seconded by 20 other Tłı̨chǫ citizens present in person at one of the locations listed above.

A Tłı̨chǫ citizen may only nominate or second one nominee. If his or her nominee refuses the nomination or fails to obtain the necessary seconders, those Tłı̨chǫ citizens that nominated or seconded that candidate are free to nominate or second another candidate.

A nomination must be accepted by the nominee in person at the nomination meeting (at one of the locations listed above) when asked to do so by the Chair in order for the nominee to stand as a candidate.

Any full-time employee of the Tłı̨chǫ Government except for a member of the Chief's Executive Council,must take a leave of absence from that position once that employee has accepted the nomination for Grand Chief.

In the event that only one person is nominated, the Chair may declare an acclamation.

Nomination Meeting Agenda:

Click here for a copy of the Nomination Meeting Agenda

Once You Are An Official Candidate

Ballot Photos and Information Packages:

Before the end of the Nomination Meeting, all official candidates will be required to have the photo taken for the ballot photos.

Candidates will also be provided with an information package that includes:

  • Voters List

  • Tłı̨chǫ Grand Chief Nomination and Election Laws

  • Communications materials about important election dates and voting opportunities

  • Other election materials


Polling Agents:

According to Section 17(2) of the Grand Chief Nomination and Election Laws, all candidates shall be entitled to:
(a) not more than two agents in a polling place, at any one time, to witness voting operations; or
(b) in a manner prescribed by regulation.


According to Section 18 of the Grand Chief Nomination and Election Laws:

(1) Active campaigning in the immediate vicinity of a polling station on a day of poll is prohibited.

(2) The Registrar is authorized to temporarily seize documents, equipment or other materials being used or displayed in contravention of subsection(1).

(3) No person shall knowingly transmit election advertising to public on polling day.

(4) The transmission to the public of a notice of event that the candidate intends to attend or an invitation to meet or hear the candidates is not an election advertising for the purpose of subsection(3).