Postponing the 2020 Election

Postponement of Election

As a Council, we chose to postpone the election. 

In reading the Yunesit’in Custom Election Code, it grants the Council the ability to extend the deadline up to 60 days. In following our Code, we chose to postpone the election from July 15 to September 9. 

The main reasons for postponing the election is to allow our Council to continue addressing the emergency response due to the covid-19 pandemic and to proceed with the election when it is possible to assemble in gatherings. 

We felt that we have a good team to address covid-19, which has experience with the 2017 wildfires and the inter-governmental relationships to gather resources and get things done efficiently. The Council did not think it would be wise to hold an election and risk a new Council attempting to learn and govern through a crisis.

Our Council also felt that it would only be fair to have an election when the restrictions are lifted, whereby we can visit and meet in gatherings as a community. An election in Yunesit’in requires polling stations and it would require undue energy to logistically set up a safe environment for the community. It would be risky for Elders and the participation turnout may be low, so we thought best to resume when covid-19 is no longer a threat.

We do not expect everyone to respect our decision, but our emphasis is on safety and fairness, and we believe this is the most thoughtful decision to make during this uncertain time. 

– Yunesit’in Council (April 24, 2020)

Refer to the Yunesit’in Custom Election Code as a Governing Community Document
CUSTOM ELECTION CODE -Final October 2007

Welcome to Yunesit’in

Yunesit’in is one of the six communities within the Tsilhqot’in Nation. As a vision developed by the community, it is expressed that:

Yunesit’in, the people, are part of the Tsilhoqot’in Nation. The community is situated along the Southern side of the Tsilhqox River.

Our spiritual relationship to the land is tied to our ancestral stories. Lhin Desch’oysh represents our people as it describes our relationship to the animals, explains how the land was shaped, and teaches the basis of our laws. Our Diyen, those who have powers drawn from the land, have gifts that help people.

Each successive generation, every family, has shared the longstanding knowledge of how to live from the land. This wisdom is provided for us so we may be responsible for the future generations.

Our people come from many origins. Yunesit’in is home because we are tied to raising our families close to the culture and land that provides a livelihood.

As a community, we are strong, proud people who value the land in providing healthy food to hunt and fish. Our people are hardworking individuals. We have raised our families with the expectation of becoming healthy people.

Our community and nation is unique in respect to its special relationship with horses. Horses remain a foundation of our culture.

Yunesit’in is a place of beauty. We move forward together, in healing, making positive changes to ensure our children and future generations may lead a healthy life.