Sean Smith on preparing to lead the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Yukon


It’s still feels “very surreal” to Sean Smith, the next chief of one of the largest First Nations in the Yukon.

Smith was elected chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation on Wednesday in Whitehorse, unseating Doris Bill who has held the position since 2014.

“It’s just a matter of gathering myself. It’s been a very busy month and a half, two months, of discussions and meeting with citizens, and really just rallying the support,” Smith told Leonard Linklater, host of CBC Yukon’s Midday Café.

“[I’m] excited, happy, but also tired and exhausted. But ready to go.”

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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