Information Bulletin - ORDER AMENDING THE INDIAN BANDS COUNCIL ELECTIONS ORDER (CURVE LAKE)
April 20th, 2016
Effective March 29, 2016 Curve Lake First Nation will conduct future elections under the Community Elections Code that sets out the rules for selecting the Chief and Councillors. Curve Lake is no longer subject to the provisions for elections under the Indian Act.
This change was brought about by consultation with the community and the ratification vote that was held September 12, 2015. Information sessions and communication were provided to all members and many options were discussed. The major changes are:
• Curve Lake will now assume full responsibility for the conduct of its entire electoral process
• The term of the election will now be three years instead of two
• Nominees may only stand for the election of Chief or Councillor, not both
• Disputes or challenges will now be settled by Curve Lake and not Indigenous Affairs
The development of this code is a step away from the Indian Act and this process was followed to ensure members had a voice in the process to be used to select the leaders of the community. All members eighteen years of age and older will be eligible to vote. Provisions to vote and the election process will be guided by the electoral officer as selected by Curve Lake.
The first election under the Curve Lake Election Code will be held on Monday June 20, 2016.
The nomination meeting for this election will be held on Monday May 9, 2016.
Please participate in the process and help to select our future leaders.
A copy of the Election Code may be picked up at the Curve Lake Government Services Office or online at www.curvelakefirstnation.ca in the Elections section under Chief and Council.
Chief Phyllis Williams
Curve Lake First Nation