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Audit identifies $2.1M in ‘unexplained payments’ to Alexander First Nation former chief and staff

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Auditors found past chief Herbert Arcand received $405,119 in unexplained payments, in addition to his salary. (Supplied)

‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016

A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.

The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry

Women, men rally against Alexander First Nation chief

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Janet Campbell helped organise the rally. (Peter Evans)

Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexual assault, adamant he won’t resign

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 15, 2016

Women, men, elders and youth marched through the Alexander First Nation Thursday calling for the resignation of Chief Kurt Burnstick, who is charged with sexually assaulting two women in the community. Read the rest of this entry

Women from Alberta First Nation to hold rally after another sex assault charge laid against chief

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Alexander First Nation chief Kurt Burnstick is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

In the wake of a new sex assault charge being laid against the chief of a First Nation north of Edmonton, a group calling itself the Alexander Women Warriors is planning to hold a rally to express outrage over the fact he still represents them. Read the rest of this entry

Petition demands investigation into Campbell River Band councillor

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Big House on Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Photo courtesy of Campbell River Cultural Mapping.

By ALISTAIR TAYLOR, Campbell River Mirror, August 23, 2016

A Wei Wai Kum First Nation member says he has obtained the necessary number of signatures on a petition required to have an investigation launched into the actions of a band councillor.

Chris Drake launched the petition to force an investigation into the actions of Jason Price, accusing him of “taking payments for his own benefit.” Read the rest of this entry

Mohawk Council of Kahnawake hands out more eviction letters

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There have been protests in front of some homes where Mohawks live with non-natives in Kahnawake since the renewed enforcement of the law banning mixed couples from staying on the territory. (CBC)

Letters asks band members and their non-native spouses to respect marry out, stay out rule

By Salimah Shivji, CBC News, June 29, 2016

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has resumed handing out eviction letters to non-natives living in the community on Montreal’s South Shore, asking them to obey the controversial law that bans mixed-marriage couples from staying on the territory. Read the rest of this entry

Williams Lake Indian Band councillors enter administration office

 

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Protesters occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administration office try unsuccessfully to block band councillor Rick Gilbert from entering the building Wednesday afternoon. Gilbert along with respected elders, other councillors and Acting Chief Heather McKenzie rushed the building in a chaotic scene outside the band office.

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 26, 2016

UPDATE

The standoff at Sugar Cane is over.

The men occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administrative office since early Tuesday left the building around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon after meeting with elders and WLIB council members.

Council agreed to hold a community meeting Monday, May 30 for community members only starting at 5 p.m. in the WLIB gymnasium.

ORIGINAL STORY

A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday afternoon as Williams Lake Indian Band acting chief, council and elders forced their way back into their own administration office following three days of occupation by protestors. Read the rest of this entry

Press Releases from William Lakes Indian Band Office occupation

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On Tuesday morning, members of the Secwepemc Nation evicted the Chief and Band Council of Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Indian Reserve from the Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Band Office and have continued to non-violently occupy the office since. The RCMP, aiming their guns at the unarmed Secwepemc occupiers, immediately surrounded the building and arrested April Thomas, a Secwepemc woman who just returned from presenting the plight of the Secwepemc Nation to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva and is known in the community for her opposition to the elected band council system.

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Demonstrators continue to occupy Williams Lake Indian Band office

 

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Secwepemc women and youth join the occupation of the Williams Lake Indian Band Office, May 25, 2016. Photo: Facebook.

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 25, 2016

Occupation of the administration office at the Williams Lake Indian Band entered day two Wednesday with no quick resolution in sight.

Six men entered the office just after 8 a.m. Tuesday after they forced their way in and asked staff to leave as women staffers were opening the building for the day.

What followed next was an initially swift response from heavily armed members of the RCMP, who secured the perimeter around the building and communicated with the protestors and also with band councillors gathered at the community’s resource building across the street. Read the rest of this entry

Family evicted from home at Williams Lake Indian Band

 

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RCMP officers physically remove Williams Lake Indian Band member Sheldon Wycotte from the home of his deceased’s grandfather at Sugar Cane Wednesday while a witness records the arrest. Photo: Williams Lake Tribune

by  Monica Lamb-Yorski, Williams Lake Tribune, May 19, 2016

A 29-year-old First Nations man said he doesn’t know where to turn after leaders from the Williams Lake Indian Band had police forcibly remove him from his family home and community Wednesday.

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Lockout ends after chief agrees to leave of absence pending audit

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Chief Calvin Craigan sits on the steps of the shíshálh Nation administrative building Tuesday as band member Willard Joe stands guard over the locked entrance. – Christine Wood Photo.

Christine Wood, Coast Reporter, May 12, 2016

One week after it started, the lockout at the Sechelt (shíshálh) Nation ended May 10 with the agreement Chief Calvin Craigan would take a leave of absence for at least 30 days while a forensic audit is conducted by an independent third party.

The agreement signed by protesters and councillors Tuesday afternoon also called for the chief to hand over his cell phone and credit card and for a freeze on spending by the chief until the audit is complete.

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