Want to run for Council?

It’s hard to believe that treaty implementation (April 1, 2011) is already 4 years behind us. But, although the treaty ‘start date’ is behind us, the hard work of self-governance continues now and into the future, forever.

Four years ago, our Nation began implementing a new “hybrid” governance model, made up of 2 hereditary leaders and 3 elected Councillors. (See a cool infographic about our government by clicking here). As laid out in our Constitution, every four years the Toquaht Nation holds an election and select 3 elected Councillors to represent the muschim (“the people”).

Another election is coming up! This blog post will give you important details about the Council Election. Then, scroll down for important steps to take if you want to run for Council.




The Council election will take place:


Monday, September 21, 2015

8:00am – 8:00pm

Toquaht Nation Government Office

1971 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet


Toquaht citizens (18 years and older as of Sept. 21, 2015) can vote:

  • In person on Sept. 21, 2015, at the Toquaht Nation Government Office
  • By mail-in ballot
  • Online (starting Sept. 15, 2015 at noon, ending on Sept. 18, 2015, at noon)

Our Electoral Officer has been hired, and he has set up a special website for the election. Check out the website for ALL details about the election, including all required forms:


Electoral Officer – Lawrence Lewis


250-889-1582 (phone/text)

1-855-458-5888 (toll free phoning)


ELECTIONS WEBSITE: www.toquaht-elections.ca

Are you on Facebook? Join the Council Election Event so you don’t forget to vote!: http://on.fb.me/1CSYW7W




We’re excited that, if you’re reading this, you may be interested in running for Council. It is a big responsibility and a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow and serve Toquaht citizens. (Read our special newsletter from current elected Councillors about what their experience has been like by clicking here.)

If you are not sure if you are eligible to run for Council (or are still trying to decide if you want to run), click here to read a list of Frequently Asked Questions. Once you have confirmed that you are eligible to run for Council and have decided that you want to, these are the steps you must take, as per our Elections Act:

(If there are any discrepancies between the information below and the Elections Act, the Elections Act prevails)

1)   Understand the basic information below:

  • You must be nominated by an eligible voter. An eligible voter is a Toquaht citizen who is 18 years or older as of September 21, 2015.
  • An eligible voter may only nominate up to 3 citizens per election.
  • You may not nominate yourself.
  • Click here to find nomination papers and required forms
  • A nomination meeting will take place:

Sunday, August 16, 2015

6:00pm – 9:00pm

Toquaht Nation Government Office

1971 Peninsula Rd., Ucluelet


2)    Get an eligible voter to nominate you for Council.

  • The eligible voter that is nominating you must:
    • Fill out the nomination form and voter declaration form
    • Hand deliver or mail the forms to the electoral officer so that they are received by August 16 at 6:00pm.
    • Deliver the forms in person at the nomination meeting on Aug. 16 between 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
  • IMPORTANT – Your nomination must also be seconded by an eligible voter who is physically present at the nomination meeting on August. 16 from 6:00 – 9:00pm at the Toquaht office. It cannot be the same person who originally nominated you.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that an eligible voter is present at the nomination meeting to second your nomination, and that that eligible voter has not seconded more than 3 other nominations.

3)    Within 7 days of the nomination meeting, you must personally file additional nomination papers with Electoral Officer Lawrence Lewis. (This means your additional papers must be filed by August 23, 2015). At the time you file the papers with Lawrence, you must pay a $100 nomination deposit by cash, or by cheque or certified money order made out to the Toquaht Nation. The $100 nomination deposit is non-refundable (unless you receive less than 10% of the election votes).

4)    Once you have completed steps 1-3, the Electoral Officer Lawrence Lewis will confirm that your nomination is complete and that you meet the qualification to run for Council. You may be required to provide Lawrence with further information if he needs it. This process will be completed within 10 days of the nomination meeting.

  • As soon as possible after Lawrence has determined if you are qualified or not to run for Council, he will contact you in writing to let you know.
  • You may withdraw your nomination by delivering a signed notice of withdrawal to Lawrence Lewis at any time.


With these steps completed, you are officially in the running for one of the 3 elected Council seats! It is up to you to campaign or ask your friends and family to vote for you. Your campaign must be respectful to all candidates. The following rules also apply:

  • You may not post or display election advertising or any material about a particular candidate within 100 meters of the Electoral Officer’s office.
  • When voting is taking place at the Toquaht Nation Government Office (Sept. 21 from 8:00am – 8:00pm), you may not:
    • Post or display election advertising or any material about a particular candidate within 100 meters of the office
    • Canvas or solicit votes, or try to influence how someone votes
    • Carry, wear or supply a flag, badge or other thing showing support of one particular candidate
    • Post or display an image/representation of a ballot marked for a particular candidate
    • Conduct election advertising using a P.A. system that can be heard within hearing distance of the Toquaht office
  • You may not pay, give, lend, intimidate, persuade, compel, reward or induce someone to vote for you, or to refrain from voting for someone else.
  • You must not interfere with someone’s right to vote in an election.




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