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Salish Sea Sentinel | May 17, 2024

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A new council post eyed by Yoachim

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“You learn a skillset in First Nations politics where you deal with all levels, and forms, of government,” he said

Snuneymuxw First Nation councillor William Yoachim is taking a leave of absence to pursue a new political playing field — Nanaimo city council. He will run in the Nov 15 election for the city of Nanaimo. Yoachim, who has been on Snuneymuxw council for 12 years, said he feels the timing is right and his experience would be valuable.

“Right now I believe the city is in a position where there’s a need for some bridging. It’s about bridging the two worlds because, even though we live in such a close proximity, at times we’re complete strangers.”

He said he is grateful that Chief John Wesley and other council members have supported his choice to run.