Tansi. As you likely all know by now, I have been appointed NCN’s Acting Chief until the elections take place August 21st and the swearing in that will take place before the middle of September.
Click above to hear Acting Chief Moody's Radio Address
Chief Jerry Primrose for his many years of public
I would like to take a moment to publically thank formerservice. It is not easy being a leader regardless of who holds the position. I hope you all join NCN Council and me in wishing Jerry the very best of success as he pursues his dreams in the private sector.
We can all be proud NCN has a modern Election Law that allows for a smooth transition to occur when events like the resignation of the Chief take place. I hope that in the years ahead we will pass more of our own laws and become truly self-governing.
In the meantime, Chief and Council wants to let you know that we are keen to hear from you about key issues you believe we should be addressing. We know there has been a lot of frustration over the water situation, housing repairs and other housing issues in our community. These are critical things we hope to
develop a plan to address.
We also understand you want to receive regular reports from members of Council about other issues we are working on and to have the chance to tell us of your concerns. To this end, Council has arranged a General Assembly (you may still call it a general Band meeting) for Wednesday of next week – April 9th.
We hope you will attend. The agenda will be simple.
We will start at 4:00 pm, first with reports from individual members of Council to let you know what we have been working on. You will then have the opportunity to ask us questions and about the reports, about the programs and services you think need improving and to tell us of other issues of concern to you.
We hope this will be a positive step in working together to address the tough issues we are facing. We hope the meeting will show our kids it’s possible to have civil dialogue about important issues.
Chief Louis Comes to Nelson House to Discuss NCN Constitution April 16
As well, before leaving office, Chief Primrose contacted Chief Robert Louis to ask him to come to Nelson House and tell us about the steps the Westbank First Nation has taken to become self-governing and to explain his role on the Land Management Board to us. He has agreed and we have arranged a two-day workshop on April 16 and 17 to discuss the importance of our own Constitution, self-government and the development of our own laws, particularly land laws. I hope that you will come out and hear what Chief Louis has to say.
I want to acknowledge we are well aware this is an election year and that you will be making decisions about who you want to be your leaders for the next four years. That aside, Council and I want you to know that from now until the election, we will continue to do our best to represent the interests of our community and our First Nation. I personally hope to visit as many of you as I can over the next few months to hear your concerns and I know other councillors are intending to do the same.
It is an honour to be serving as acting chief and I humbly ask you for your support, your assistance and your guidance as I lead our Council over the next few months.
I sincerely hope you will attend the General Assembly on April 9th to demonstrate your support for Council and, like me, your belief in NCN’s future. I know that by working together in positive, proactive ways, we can better our lives and those of our children and grandchildren. I look forward to working for you in my new role.
NELSON HOUSE, Manitoba – March 26, 2014 – Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Council
announced the resignation today of Chief Jerry Primrose, who is leaving to pursue
opportunities in the private sector.
Council confirmed Councillor and Deputy Chief, Marcel Moody will immediately assume
responsibilities as acting Chief to serve until September 2014 when the new Chief and
Council will be sworn in following NCN elections in August. Moody currently holds key
portfolios on council including finance, trusts, and economic development.
NCN Electoral Officer Joyce Yetman has confirmed that in accordance with the NCN Election
Law, no byelection is required since the resignation came within six months of the expiry of
Primrose’s term of office.
“We’re sorry to see Jerry leave council,” Moody said. “He’s made tremendous contributions to
our First Nation, having served two terms as councillor going back as far as 1978 and five terms as chief beginning in 1994. He was our leader during the crucial negotiations leading
to our Northern Flood Implementation Agreement in 1996, the resolution of our outstanding
treaty land entitlement negotiations in 1998, and negotiations on the groundbreaking
Wuskwatim Project Development Agreement that made us equity partners with Manitoba
Hydro in the Wuskwatim project in 2006.
“I want to assure NCN Citizens and key internal and external organizations we are involved
with that we expect a smooth transition and business as usual,”
Primrose said, “I have every confidence in Marcel assuming the duties of Chief and know he
will provide excellent leadership for our First Nation going forward. He’s respected in the
community and has served in key portfolios on Council over the years as well as serving as
Deputy Chief for the past four years, so he is well qualified to assume the duties of Chief.
“This was a difficult personal decision for me, made in full consultation with my family and a
focus on their long-term financial security in mind. I’m an entrepreneur at heart, and a
business opportunity presented itself around Christmas, which I gave considerable thought
to. Since I had already decided not to seek reelection, I determined this was the best time to
move on to the next phase of my life. I held off making the announcement until now so the
First Nation could avoid a costly by-election.
“I want to extend my sincere thanks to all NCN Citizens for their support and cooperation
during my many years in office,” Primrose said.
Moody has served on NCN Council for almost 14 years over two periods. In his first three
terms of office from 1990 to 1996, he was lead negotiator in the successful negotiation of the
Northern Flood Implementation Agreement that set the stage for NCN’s involvement in the 200-megawatt Wuskwatim Generating Station project. In his decade out of office he served
as Manager of the NCN Trust Office and as Co-manager of NCN’s Future Development
Team. In this later role, he was jointly responsible for the overall negotiation and
implementation of all aspects of NCN’s partnership with Manitoba Hydro on Wuskwatim.
his reelection to office in 2006 for the first of two terms, he assumed the Wuskwatim portfolio
on council during the crucial construction period.
Aside from duties on council, he has served as a director on the boards of Wuskwatim Power
Limited Partnership, Keewatin Community College and University College of the North and
as chairperson of the Nelson House Education Board. He has also served on the Premier’s
Economic Advisory Council and is active in a variety of community matters. He has diplomas
in business administration and in resource development and conservation.
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Chief and Council to Revise Schedule
Timing of the Constitution and Hydro-related-agreements review process is under discussion by Chief and Council and may result in a new process schedule. Watch for an update.
Any further changes to the draft Constitution resulting from the Round 2 meet and greets will be communicated before a vote.
The Questions, Answers and Comments document is available for download by clicking here or on the thumbnail at right. Printed copies will be available at the Implementation Office or the
NCN Government Office.
Click here to visit our Constitution Development and Review page.
Chief Primrose was honoured
July 4 at the Manitoba legislature with the presentation of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He was one of 28 distinguished Manitobans receiving the award presented by Premier Greg Selinger on behalf of the Province of Manitoba.
The Canadian medal "honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians". The Chancellery of Honours at Rideau Hall administers the medal which is being awarded to 60,000 citizens and permanent residents of Canada who made a significant contribution to their fellow countrymen, their community, or to Canada over the previous sixty years.
Chief and Council have scheduled a two-day Constitution Workshop to explore the value of a constitution for NCN Citizens. The workshop will feature Chief Robert Louis who successfully led Westbank First Nation in Kelowna B.C. through a process to adopt a Constitution. He'll help NCN Citizens to explore the value of a Constitution for our future.
Wed., Apr. 16 / Thurs., Apr. 17
Nelson House United Church
Information from earlier rounds of the Constitution process are available by clicking here.
For those who missed earlier Meet and Greet rounds and the materials presented, please click here to go to our Constitution Review web page which will provide you with some background. If you're specifically looking for documents presented during the Round 1 review process, including the first draft of the constitution and related newsletter, click here to find those documents.
To protect NCN’s investment in Wuskwatim considering the changing energy market, NCN Chief and Council have negotiated a second supplement to the original Wuskwatim Project Development Agreement. Amendments to the
Taskinigahp Trust Indenture to take advantage
of options in this second supplementary
agreement will be needed.
The 2013 and 2014 CAP-CIP budget processes referred to these proposed amendments.
A vote to approve the Taskinigahp Trust amendments will be held before the end of
The upcoming rounds of Meet and Greets will explain the PDA Supplement 2 and proposed changes to the Taskinigahp Trust, and answer your questions. All Citizens are urged to attend.
The Round 1 schedule is:
- Nelson House – Apr. 22, 1:00 - 9:00 p.m. – United Church
- Leaf Rapids – Apr. 23, 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. – Christ the King Catholic Church
- Thompson – Apr. 24, 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. – St. Lawrence Hall
- Winnipeg – Apr. 29, 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Holiday Inn, 1740 Ellice Ave. (Madison Room)
Information on Rounds 2 and 3 will be posted here closer to the dates.
Call 204-484-2414 for more information.