From left to right, Elder Mike Laboucan, Brian, Mike O, Cheryl, Irene, Chief Billy Joe and Joe

From left to right, Elder Mike Laboucan, Brian, Mike O, Cheryl, Irene, Chief Billy Joe and Joe

Chief and Council

Chief Billy Joe Laboucan shows how to make a "grouse balloon." It is the inflated stomach of a grouse, which in this case contained three red berries. An old Lubicon Cree tradition was to tie and hang one of these in a lodge somewhere, and when a person was caught standing under it, they had to tell a story. Photo credit: www.invisiblehistory.blogspot.com

Chief Billy Joe Laboucan shows how to make a "grouse balloon." It is the inflated stomach of a grouse, which in this case contained three red berries. An old Lubicon Cree tradition was to tie and hang one of these in a lodge somewhere, and when a person was caught standing under it, they had to tell a story. Photo credit: www.invisiblehistory.blogspot.com

Chief Billy Joe Laboucan ran for Council because he felt people needed a change. He hopes to provide equal access to jobs and housing, and work towards settling a land claim. Chief Laboucan was on Council in the early 1980s, and his goals for his current term are to see community members working together with renewed friendships, and to settle a land claim. Chief Laboucan is in charge of the Education and Governance portfolios.

Councillor Joe Auger ran for Council because he wanted to see a change in the community, “as things were not good.” He has never been on Council before. His goals for his term on Council are to complete a land claim and to “see our members with housing and other services.” Councillor Auger is in charge of the Housing and Infrastructure portfolio.

Councillor Brian Laboucan ran for Council to help achieve equal rights and better living conditions for people in the community. He has never been on Council before. His goals for his term on Council are to settle the land claim, believing “it is key for better living, more access to employment, and improved housing for our members.” Councillor Laboucan shares responsibility for the Economic Development portfolio with Councillor Ominayak.

Councillor Irene Laboucan ran for Council because she saw the need for change, and believes she can help. “The band had been in third-party management since 2009, and we were going nowhere,” she says. This is her first term on Council, and she would like to see the land claim settled as a means of creating more access to jobs in the community and having fewer people depending on social assistance. Councillor Laboucan is in charge of the Social Services and Child Welfare portfolio.

Councillor Cheryl McMann  ran for Council because she wanted to see change in the community. “It was too long with nothing happening. I would love to see the community thrive and not rely on hand-outs from the federal government. It’s time for Lubicon to Idle No More,” she says. This is her first term on Council, and she would like to see the land claim settled to provide housing and in-door plumbing, and to provide more to future generations, specifically an Elders Lodge and a recreation centre. Councillor McMann Laboucan is in charge of the Education and Health portfolios.

Councillor Mike Ominayak ran for Council with the goal of seeing a land claim settled “so that people could have adequate housing and in-door plumbing.” This is Councillor Ominayak’s first term on Council. He is sharing responsibility for the Economic Development portfolio with Councillor Brian Laboucan. Councillor Ominayak will be mainly working with industry, and would like to see the land claim settled. “It is the key for us to have better living conditions with jobs and proper housing.”