Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Squamish Nation accused of not following through on reforms

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Left: Squamish Nation Chief Ian Campbell. Right: Squamish Nation member and curent electoral officer Khelsilem Photo: File

Leadership says reform commission didn’t stick to its mandate

by Jennifer Thuncher, Squamish Chief, October 19, 2017

prominent Squamish Nation member is speaking out about what he sees as political interference in the band’s current election reform process.

In 2015, an independent electoral commission was set up to revise the 1981 Squamish Indian Band Election Regulations.  Read the rest of this entry

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Caldwell First Nation council removes chief and councillor following audit

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Caldwell First Nation Chief Louise Hillier stands outside of a membership meeting in Leamington on Sept. 23, 2017. Members were discussing a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow. (Dan Taekema/CBC News)

Chief Louise Hillier declined to speak with reporters as she walked into the meeting

By Dan Taekema, CBC News, September 23, 2017

The council of the Caldwell First Nation has removed Chief Louise Hillier and Councillor Lonnie Dodge from their positions in the wake of a forensic audit that found lax financial controls surrounding a 2016 powwow. Read the rest of this entry

Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations chief charged with sexual offence involving minor

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Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William has been charged with sexual interference in relation to an alleged incident in May. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Roger William, elected chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, to appear in court Wednesday

CBC News, August 30, 2017

An elected First Nations chief in B.C. has been charged with sexual interference after an alleged incident in May.

Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Roger William, 51, was due in Williams Lake court on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry

Tlicho Grand Chief to be paid over $200K annually after salary increase

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Eddie Erasmus is the current Grand Chief of the Tlicho government. The post is up for election in September. (CBC)

Election day to choose next Grand Chief will be Sept. 11

By Richard Gleeson, CBC News, August 2, 2017

A job that’s just about to come up for competition — the Grand Chief of the Tlicho — is now one of the highest paid elected positions in the N.W.T.

Salary and per diem increases that the Tlicho assembly approved in April at the end of the last Tlicho assembly came into effect on Tuesday. After the increases, the Grand Chief now gets paid just over $200,000 annually, about $20,000 more than the N.W.T. premier. Read the rest of this entry

Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould tells AFN to prepare for future beyond the Indian Act

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Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould meets with media at the AFN gathering in Regina. Photo: Larissa Burnouf/APTN

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, July 24, 2017

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday said First Nations need to prepare for a future that has been set into motion by the Justin Trudeau government that will permanently alter their relationship with Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Government delays shutdown of Indian status-registration amid legislative deadlock

Indian Act status card 1After a Quebec judge refused to give parliament more time to pass a bill to fix sex-based inequities in registration, another judge prevented Monday a complete shut-down of the process — for now

by Marie-Danielle Smith, National Post, July 4, 2017

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has prevented — or at least delayed — a complete shutdown of the Indian status registration system via a last-minute effort.

A Quebec judge decided last week not to give parliament more time to pass an already-overdue law fixing sex-based inequities in the registration system. The rules, found to be unconstitutional, were to be struck down this week. Read the rest of this entry

Onion Lake First Nation appeals ruling ordering it to publish financial records

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Onion Lake First Nation chief Wallace Fox. Photo: Global News.

APTN National News, July 5, 2017

The Onion Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan is appealing a June court ruling ordering it to release financial information to its band members.

The case was brought by Charmaine Stick, who partnered with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in 2016 to force the band to comply with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act – a law passed by the Stephen Harper Conservatives requiring First Nations to publish salaries and expenses online. Read the rest of this entry

Inside INAC’s ‘coup d’état’ that decapitated Algonquin leadership system

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Algonquins of Barriere Lake hold protest in Ottawa, 2010

By Shiri Pasternak, APTN National News, May 27, 2017

Before the axe dramatically fell on Barriere Lake’s customary government in August 2010, there were many forewarnings that the customary band’s days were numbered.

As early as 1995, during the first leadership crisis with the IBC, the Department of Indian Affairs debated imposing Section 74 of the Indian Act onto the community as an exit strategy to the Trilateral Agreement. In March 2008, an internal report summarizing impact scenarios of Ratt council recognition over the Nottaway council also offered the possibility of not recognizing both councils and instead imposing Section 74 on the community. Read the rest of this entry

Court Orders End to Gitwangak Occupation