After 20 ballots of voting over two days, Pictou Landing Chief Andrea Paul has been elected the Assembly of First Nations regional chief for Nova Scotia.
“They believed in their candidates, and they supported the candidates that they believed in and I guess it just really speaks volumes of the commitment of the candidates that came in,” said Paul. “I think at the end of the day it was an excellent process to go through.”
Paul has been chief of Pictou Landing for the past 12 years. She said it was a tough decision to run for the position.
“I love working for my community, I was debating right because I love all the work that’s happening in my community,” she said. “I’ve never worked anywhere outside my community, I am a very loyal person, I’ve worked in my community since 1992 and so there was a lot of thought that went into this.”
Paul replaces outgoing regional chief Paul Prosper who was named to the senate in July 2022.
A regional chief within the AFN represents all elected chiefs in the region. The term lasts three years.
Her first job in the new role will be to help elect a new national chief of the organization at the December special chiefs assembly in Ottawa.