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Written by Ryan Forbes
The national chief from the Congress of Aboriginal People is calling for changes to election codes on First Nations.
In a recent speech, Betty Ann Lavallee refers to a Supreme Court decision from 1999, where she says any reserves that hold elections must include off-reserve members."To me it's disturbing. Especially now that 70 percent of First Nation people live on reserves.
They are alot more knowledgeable of their rights, and they won't tolerate being left out anymore," she said.The issue is coming to light, due to recent controversy over elections at Attawapiskat. While Chief Theresa Spence was re-elected, members are complaining about the number of off-reserve members, who weren't allowed to vote.
The Congress of Aboriginal People represents First Nations, Metis and Inuit members living off-reserve. Lavellee succeeds Patrick Brazeau as the national chief, after Brazeau was appointed to the Senate. - See more at: http://www.kenoraonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6296&Itemid=160#sthash.ZGkzniuY.dpuf