Paul McCartney could become Chief of indigenous Canadian island after being nominated to be the new leader just weeks before election.
The island is a reservation on an island bordering Michigan and Canada
A 1968 loophole means that the Chief does not technically have to be part of the native community in order to be nominated
The Chief is the most respected position in Walpole Island First Nation, which has about 5,000 members
It’s unclear why Paul McCartney, along with Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds were nominated
Paul McCartney could become the next chief of an indigenous Canadian island after he was nominated as Chief for Walpole Island First Nation.
The island is a reservation on an island bordering Michigan and Canada… according to the indigenous community’s director of operations, James Jenkins.
He said that Paul along with Hollywood actor Ryan Reynolds,have been nominated by two eligible electors over the weekend, making them official nominees.Also, that a 1968 loophole means that the Chief does not technically have to be part of the native community in order to be nominated.
It’s unclear why Paul and Ryan were selected but unless they contact the Walpole Island office by Thursday to remove their names, they will remain legit candidates for Chief when the election takes place on September 19.
And whoever wins, will be contacted by the First Nation and the candidate would either have to take up office or officially resign.
The Chief is similar to a mayor – they are the head of the council and the voice of the community, tasked with overseeing programs and services run by administrators.
‘Chief is the most respected position in Walpole Island First Nation, which has about 5,000 members.’
But if either Paul or Ryan wanted to take up the position, they would be required to move closer to the reservation.