Fanny Stump hopes to be Tl’etinqox’s first female chief

Tl’etinqox elder Fanny Stump is hoping to become her community’s first female chief. - Monica Lamb-Yorski photo
Tl’etinqox elder Fanny Stump is hoping to become her community’s first female chief.
— image credit: Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

Fanny Stump is hoping to become the first elected female chief of Tl’etinqox (Anaham) when voters go to the polls on Monday, Feb. 20.

Stump, who is in her 60s and is fluent in the Tsilhqot’in language, said she is also running for councillor.

One of her main concerns is that many Tsilhqot’in children are in foster care, she said.

“Tsilhqot’in families are losing their children left and right and yet the elected chiefs ignore the hardship the women are going through,” Stump said. “I will guarantee that I will stand for Tl’etinqox women with the intent of saving children from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.”

Stump also said she is an opponent of the Nenqay Dene Accord, the five-year agreement signed with the provincial government and Tsilhqot’in chiefs to work through the Supreme Court decision on rights and title and how it will be implemented.

“This document is secretly being negotiated in places like Vancouver and Victoria and community members are not welcomed to participate,” Stump said, noting she does not agree that the Tsilhqot’in chiefs should have signed a letter of understanding with the federal government at the end of January.

Anaham’s budget is in a deficit, Stump said, noting she thinks more information should be shared with the community.

Stump said she is also opposed to celebrating Canada’s 150th because taxpayers’ money would be better spent directly helping communities.

Five other people are in the running for chief and include Chezzeray Alphonse, Ashton Cooper, Aggie Harry, Gerald Johnny and present Chief Joe Alphonse.

There are more than 70 people running for 12 councillor positions.

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