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Challenger In Band Chief Election Ruled Ineligible PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 20:07

Challenger In Band Chief Election Ruled Ineligible

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 15:53

 

 

An election on the Black Lake First Nation is under dispute.

 

The candidate running against incumbent chief Donald Sayazie says he has been informed by election officials that he won’t be allowed to run in the campaign.

 

David Bigeye says he was told it was because he had a criminal record.

 

But, according to Bigeye, that shouldn't be the case because he has visited the RCMP and been told his record is clean.

 

Bigeye feels the election is being stolen from him, and says all he wanted was a fair chance to compete.

 

The election was scheduled to be held this Friday.

 

The chief electoral officer for Black Lake resigned days ago.

 

New electoral officer Tanya Nilgae says she can't comment right now.

 

Sayazie also refused to comment.

 
FSIN Set To Unveil Position On Duty To Consult PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 20:07

FSIN Set To Unveil Position On Duty To Consult

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 15:49

 

 

The FSIN is set to release its vision of duty to consult and accommodate laws and procedures later today or tomorrow.

 

The details aren't clear yet, but a press release says parameters have been set -- including the law, a model band council resolution, a unified declaration, a certificate of authorization, a notion of non-compliance and the constitutional procedure on consultation and accommodation.

 

FSIN Vice-Chief Lyle Whitefish says the bottom line is governments are obligated to consult with First Nations.

 

Whitefish says the government must recognize and respect these laws, which he says were developed because the chiefs-in assembly rejected the provincial government's duty to consult framework he says was drafted unilaterally.

 
Metis Leader Addresses FSIN Assembly PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 05 September 2010 20:06

Metis Leader Addresses FSIN Assembly

Wednesday, June 09, 2010 at 15:46

 

 

For the first time in contemporary history, the president of the Metis Nation - Saskatchewan addressed the FSIN Legislative assembly this morning in Regina.

 

MN-S President Robert Doucette called it a historic moment and asked First Nations chiefs and delegates to work with the Metis Nation because they share the same issues -- such as the duty to consult.

 

Doucette says the Metis Nation will work with First Nations to ensure their treaty rights are protected.

 

Earlier, greetings from Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco brought details of an Aboriginal summit to be held next spring.

 

Fiacco says the city will host four western provinces in cooperation with the FSIN.

 

The mayor says the summit will celebrate First Nations successes in economic development, education and training -- as well as the role of municipalities.

 
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