Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Protesters target Lax Kw’alaams band offices

Lax Kwalaams band office

Lax Kw’alaams band office is boarded up.

by  Shaun Thomas, The Northern View, Aug 14, 2014

On the same day as the band announced the removal of Garry Reece as mayor, protesters targeted Lax Kw’alaams band offices both in the community and in Prince Rupert.

Photographs sent to the Northern View show boards being put up outside the offices in Lax Kw’alaams, with one board being spraypainted warning “If entered you will be penalized”. One of the approximately 10 protestors in attendance at the Prince Rupert office yesterday indicated the office will be kept closed “until further notice”. Read the rest of this entry

After kicking out government officials at industry summit, Fort Nelson First Nation signs LNG worker camp deal

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

Fort Nelson FN chief Sharleen Gale speaking at LNG conference.

After both praise and backlash for expelling B.C. government from an industry summit in April, the Fort Nelson First Nation has signed on to an LNG camp deal with Black Diamond, which would include a 425-room lodge in the Horn River area.

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Cut funding, face blockades: chiefs

Magnifier over FiguresFighting back over threat from Ottawa’s FN Financial Transparency Act

Manitoba First Nations will fight back with blockades and other economic barriers if the federal government follows through with a promise to cut funding from bands who refuse to make their finances public, says a native official.

Only eight of Manitoba’s 63 First Nations have so far filed documents to comply with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. The deadline to file the documents was July 29. Read the rest of this entry

Kwikwetlem Chief Ron Giesbrecht should resign, band councillor says

Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation near Vancouver, BC.

Ron Giesbrecht, chief of the Kwikwetlem First Nation (formerly the Coquitlam Indian Band) near Vancouver, BC.

‘We’re a national embarrassment right now,’ says councillor calling for chief’s resignation

CBC News, Aug 02, 2014

Some members of a tiny Coquitlam-area First Nation want their chief to resign after damning financial disclosures were published this week.

In filings published under the new First Nations Financial Transparency Act, Kwikwetlem Chief Ron Giesbrecht disclosed he earned an $800,000 bonus last year on top of his salary.

Marvin Joe, who has been head of the 81-member First Nation in the past, says the revelation of that extra compensation has deeply angered many of the band’s members. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations Transparency Act may do more harm than good: Hayden King

Magnifier over FiguresAboriginal people may find themselves with even less power to create change

By Hayden King, for CBC News, August 2, 2014

This week the federal government’s legislation, The First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA), was made law.

Financial statements and salaries of First Nation council’s were posted on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s website earlier this week. And those councils who refuse to participate will face a court order.

According to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, this is an effort to provide First Nations people with transparency and allow them to hold their elected leaders accountable. In other words, to empower them. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nation chief was paid almost $1-million last year

New Chiefby Bill Curry, The Globe and Mail, July 31, 2014

A First Nation chief in British Columbia was paid close to $1-million last year, according to salary disclosures that are being released for the first time this week.

Chief Ron Giesbrecht of the Kwikwetlem First Nation is listed as receiving $914,219 in remuneration last year, plus an additional $16,574 in expense reimbursement. Individuals with Indian status who work on a reserve are not required to pay income tax.

It is not clear if the compensation is purely salary or whether the chief received contracts from the First Nation. If the money is in salary and was tax free, it would be the equivalent of a $1.6-million taxable salary for someone working off reserve.

Band Administrator Dale Lessoway told the Globe in an email that the First Nation is preparing a statement on the issue that will be distributed when it is ready. Read the rest of this entry

First Nation chiefs’ salaries due to be posted under Transparency Act

New ChiefMost First Nations have yet to post salaries

By Susana Mas, CBC News, July 29, 2014

The vast majority of First Nations chiefs and band councils have yet to post their financial statements online under new transparency rules passed by the federal government last year.

Under the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, First Nations leaders have 120 days after the first quarter — so, by end of day Tuesday — to make public their audited financial statements for the last fiscal year, including the salaries and expenses of their chiefs and councillors.

As of Monday night, on the eve of the deadline, the government confirmed that 20 First Nations out of more than 600 had their financial statements posted on the government’s web site. Read the rest of this entry

Timing of election, role of Confederacy of Nations to dominate AFN General Assembly

New Chief rawBy Chris Plecash, Hill Times, July 14, 2014

First Nations leaders will determine the election date for AFN national chief at the organization’s general assembly in Halifax this week, but several other pressing matters will be on the agenda, including the role of the recently-revived Confederacy of Nations.

Chiefs from the country’s 634 First Nations will meet in Halifax on July 15 and 16, where they will determine the timing of the next election of the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations following Shawn Atleo’s resignation from the position on May 2.

Some chiefs will be advocating to hold an election as soon as possible, while others support holding the election in December to coincide with the organization’s special assembly. Another bloc is expected to argue in favour of waiting until next summer when the Chiefs-in-Assembly were originally scheduled to elect the next national chief in Winnipeg. Read the rest of this entry

Klamath Tribal council Stonewalls Tribal Membership at General Council Meeting

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security guards and metal detectors for members of the Klamath during a general council meeting on May 31, 2014.

Security Guards and Metal Detectors for Tribal membership meeting

JUNE 2ND 2014

(Chiloquin, Oregon)Saturday May 31  A long awaited General Council meeting was held at the Klamath Tribes Administration building that had been originally scheduled for Saturday May 17. The original meeting was rescheduled when the Klamath Tribal Council misinformed the public regarding accusations of “threats” toward Tribal Council. According to Klamath Tribal Councils press release, “some Klamath Tribes members have been campaigning to organize a hostile takeover of the meeting. Threats included chaining and padlocking doors to force the Tribal Council and meeting attendees to remove Gentry from the council and to overturn the results of a recent referendum vote.” Read the rest of this entry

B.C. seeks First Nations’ input on LNG planning right from the start

Banner dropped at International LNG in BC conference, May 21, 2013, by members of Rising Tide.

Police and security inspect banner dropped at International LNG in BC conference, May 21, 2013, by members of Rising Tide.

Key word: Collaboration

The Province/The Canadian Press, May 23, 2014

In a first for relations between the B.C. government and First Nations, the province is asking for aboriginal input on environmental stewardship around natural gas development.

Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad says that in the past the province would release a plan for development and then ask for comment, but this time there will be collaboration between First Nations, industry and the government from the start.

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