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Former Chief Weighs In On Controversy At Sandy Bay

Written by Sasha Kalis


Irvin McIvor, the former chief of Sandy Bay First Nation, says the current chief and council aren't providing proper leadership to their community, nor are they handling their finances correctly.

He's speaking out about the claim that teachers are not being paid for their work on the reserve.


When he left office, McIvor notes Sandy Bay was financially independent adding that it is the current administration which has incurred a lot of debt. He says the First Nation received a nine hundred thousand bank loan to offset bills and they also sold a number of housing units, but they're still not paying their bills despite the influx of revenue.

McIvor adds he's been chief three times and every time he inherited someone else's debt. He says he never pointed fingers, however, and they always worked with what they had. McIvor notes the reserve has been mired in debt for several decades, but adds you still have to pay your bills. He says Sandy Bay receives two million dollars a month from Indian Affairs, noting it's ludicrous to think that children in the school don't even have toilet paper when the current council has access to so much funding.

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