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This section profiles recent news and stories over the past year related to the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.  For older stories, please visit our News Archive.


Chief and Council Holds Meetah Building Supplies Accountable

Meetah Building Supplies

At the January NCN Council meeting, when Chief and Council asked the simple question: Why do profits from Meetah seem to be slower this year? The answer reported from one of NCN’s most successful businesses, Meetah Building Supplies Inc. was clear. “Meetah is busier than ever with community development projects and moneys-owed are still coming in,“ said Gert Wilzer, Meetah Building Supplies Manager.

This means that the financial reports show – even though business was steady last year and increased in early 2017 – the balance of revenue will not be fully in the NCN coffers until Meetah is paid what is owed for outstanding work.

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Recap of NCN General Assembly Held June 8, 2016

June 2016 – Chief and Council held a meeting for NCN Citizens at the Gilbert McDonald Arena to discus budget plans, housing development, infrastructure, the new NCN store; urban reserve, personal care home funds, suicide intervention and economic development opportunities. For those members not in attendance, the presentation information is available here:

Main Presentation

Councillor Bonnie Presentation

Councilor Willie Moore Report


International Women’s Day Celebrates NCN Women Past and Present

March 2016 – A presentation held at the recent International Women’s Day in Nelson House, featured a moving picture slideshow of the many great women, Elders and girls that have been a part of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. Thanks to Councillor Shirley Linklater for preparing the slideshow.

Watch the video


NCN Consolidated Audit and Schedule of Remuneration of Elected Officials for 2014-15

February 8, 2016 - in accordance with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Schedule of Remuneration and Expenses Chief and Councillors

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Consolidated Financial Statements


ELECTION ORDER and Call for Nominations– Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority Board of Trustees

October 30, 2015 - NCN Chief and Council passed a Council Resolution issuing an Election Order for the Nisichawayasi Nehetho Culture and Education Authority (NNCEA) (formerly known as the Nisichawayasihk Education Authority) Board of Trustees 2015 - 2018 Term of Office.  The election date is set for Thursday, November 26, 2015 to elect five (5) NNCEA Board of Trustees with an advance poll to be held on Monday, November 23, 2015... (More)

To read the complete 2015 NNCEA Boardof Trustees Election Order click here.


Assembly of First Nations Congratulates NCN's Kevin Hart elected as AFN Manitoba Regional Chief!

July 23, 2015 - Nominated by NCN Chief Marcel Moody, Kevin Hart of the Nischawayasihk Cree Nation was elected AFN Manitoba Regional Chief yesterday at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs 27th Annual General Assembly in Opaskwayak Cree Nation, Manitoba. He will be serving his first term as Regional Chief of Manitoba and was currently working at Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
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Nisichawayasihk Education Authority Elections Update

June 19, 2015 - The NCN Election Code was amended in the fall of 2013. NCN Citizens rejected two amendments and Chief and Council was concerned potential challenges could be raised under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms so sought advice and direction from the Court of Queen's Bench. On July 23, 2014, Mr. Justice Dewar issued a mandatory interim injunction that required NCN's Electoral Officer to accept nominations from those NCN Citizens who have been convicted of an indictable offence provided that the end of the sentence or any appeal therefrom had expired at least eight (8) years prior to the close of nominations on July 24, 2014. That injunction expires on June 30, 2015. No issues arose in relation to the mandatory injunction during the chief and council elections last year.

Chief and Council had hoped to conclude the NCN Constitution by now so that we would be able to amend our Election Code to be consistent with the Charter and pass our own Education Law. But, the PDA Supplement 2 process took longer to complete primarily due to the importance to NCN of negotiating the excess spill water issue, so the Constitution has not yet been concluded. Council thought that it would be possible to put off the school board elections to give our community the time to approve the Constitution and our Education Law as the NEA bylaws are very out of date and are inconsistent with both our practices and the proposed Constitution.

But at the community meeting held on May 25th NCN Citizens called for school board elections to take place soon. This means that based on our practices over the past decade, the existing NCN Election Law will be used. As a result, Council has made a Motion to the Court of Queen's Bench for the same type of mandatory interim injunction to be issued so our Citizens with criminal records can run for office if their sentence or any appeal from that sentence expired at least eight years prior to the close of nominations.

No date has yet been set for the school board elections or the nominations for school board. But the Court has set August 10, 2015 for the hearing of the motion for the mandatory interim injunction. The Court ordered that a notice be posted in the NCN newsletter and on the NCN website and that certain other dates be met. It should be remembered that only NCN Citizens ordinarily resident in Nelson House are entitled to vote in school board elections so the voting constituency is different than is the case in chief and council elections. The Notice ordered by the Court is set out below.


Important Updates on PDA Supplement 2, NCN Constitution, Housing and Infrastructure

May 2015 - Information materials have been destributed and are now available to NCN Citizens regarding recent updates to important topics in the community. These topics will be discussed in more detail at the Meet and Greet Meetings. The following update newsletters and information materials are also availble online:


NOTICE TO NCN CITIZENS REGARDING NCN's 2014 AUDIT

March 06, 2015 – The federal government has imposed mandatory financial reporting rules by enacting the First Nations Financial Transparency Act. This legislation requires First Nations to prepare consolidated audits in accordance with GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and post the information on our website. The legislation does not take into consideration that many First Nations own businesses operating in highly competitive parts of the private sector. Given many years of underfunding by the federal government and the failure to live up to the treaties entered into with our ancestors, First Nations across the country must find alternate sources of revenue.

NCN is very concerned that forced disclosure of all our financial information will place the businesses we have tried so hard to develop at a disadvantage if our competitors are able to determine our expenses and our profit margins. Council is also very concerned that the motivation behind this legislation is to try to reduce federal funding even further. While Council is not opposed to publicly disclosing the audit of moneys received from the federal government or Council's honoraria and expenses, Council is opposed to being forced by another level of government to disclose financial information for all our other businesses, trusts and investments to the general public.

Council notified the federal government about its concerns at the time the audit was submitted. In addition, Council advised the federal government it was providing the information to them on the understanding it would be kept confidential in accordance with the provisions of other federal legislation called the Access to Information Act. Council also advised the federal government that all financial information should only be available to NCN Citizens.

The federal government has withheld funding from NCN. It has threatened to take further action also. Similar steps have been taken against other First Nations. These actions have placed us in a very difficult position as we need to safeguard our businesses but try to maintain programs and services for NCN Citizens. Due to the steps we have taken over the past two decades, starting with the 1996 Agreement, we have been able to invest in different businesses that now provide revenue for NCN. This means that we are no longer 100% dependent on the federal government. But, we are not yet completely self-sufficient.

Legal action has been launched by Onion Lake First Nation alleging the First Nations Financial Transparency Act is unconstitutional. Council and other First Nations believe this legislation is racially motivated as other Canadians owning private business interests are not required to consolidate their audits and disclose them publicly. NCN is considering its options and is monitoring the legal action being taken.

In the meantime, although we are opposed to this legislation, we have been forced to submit a consolidated audit so that our funding will be reinstated. Relying upon the Access to Information Act we have "redacted" (removed) certain information related to NCN Construction LP and another business we own. Council hopes the federal government will act fairly and reasonably so NCN will not have to seek an injunction from the Court to protect its proprietary information. Updated information will be provided to NCN Citizens as it becomes available.

– Chief and Council

To view the NCN March 2014 Consolidated Financials click here

To view the NCN 2014 Remuneration Schedule and Expenses Chief and Council click here


NCN Set to Disclose Finances and Comply with Federal Financial-transparency Rules

Chief Marcel Moody responded publicly to recent comments by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada's request to disclose First Nation financial reports. NCN was one of the 61 of 582 First Nations across Canada that had not yet complied with new federal legislation by the deadline set by the Harper government without consideration of any individual First Nation circumstances. Chief Moody declared NCN has always been in favour of accountability and transparency in its governance and funding relationships with the federal government. However, NCN does not believe the federal government has any right to information about its private business interests.

"Chief and Council have no problem accounting for any public moneys received from the federal government or releasing information on how NCN spent those funds including the honoraria paid to Chief and Council or salaries paid to its staff. But, gathering information for the audit is onerous and costly, since the new rules mandate inclusion of all band-owned entities" responded Chief Marcel Moody.

Due to the complexities of compiling the necessary new financial reporting data and records, it has been a catch-up process for more than a year to complete a detailed and accurate audit. Many of NCN's Capital Assets including buildings and equipment were bought or constructed over 30 years ago, making locating these records difficult. The compilation of some values were lost or destroyed. Evaluating the original costs of these assets is hard without locating the original documents. The federal government has made absolutely no provision for the complexities involved in undertaking this work, focussing instead on penalizing First Nations like NCN that have tried to develop additional sources of revenues.

Many of NCN organization are privately owned and not publicly traded. This means records of their finances are proprietary and there has never a requirement for them to be produced for external markets or the public to view. There is a double standard that has been imposed by the new federal legislation as only First Nation businesses have been targeted in this manner. The audit process has been extremely laborious and one of the main reasons for the delay is the new federal requirement to prepare a consolidated audit that includes proprietary information.

NCN owns and operates a number of businesses, including being a partner in the Wuskwatim Hydro-electric project. Although NCN will comply with the rules, NCN officials and advisors are concerned that NCN should not have to reveal confidential financial information to NCN business competitors. In the past, standard annual audits typically covered only Government Office financials and not all businesses and organizations.

NCN is considering its options and may join with other First Nations to launch a legal challenge to these aspects of the federal legislation. NCN is fully aware they could lose 'non-essential funding' but wants to assure its Citizens, Chief and Council and NCN staff have been cooperative and are working to complete the audits while also taking the necessary measures to ensure protections are in place for NCN-owned businesses/organizations.

Chief Moody also explained "INAC has reduced funding in the past for consultants (including financial audits) and now NCN must cover all expenses for these audits. There is something seriously wrong when the federal government can impose new requirements on First Nations and make no arrangements to increase funding to allow for implementation of the new changes. The funds NCN must now spend from its own source revenues was intended to l be used for community programs, housing and infrastructure."

Moody also added many Chiefs have questioned the legislation because it was imposed without consultation and without taking into consideration the differing circumstances among First Nations across the country, not because First Nations are opposed to transparency and accountability which the federal government and the Canadian Taxpayers Association among others are promoting as the reason First Nations are concerned about this new requirement. Chief Moody also notes that the Auditor General has previously questioned the onerous reporting obligations the federal government has imposed on First Nations.


Nisichawayasihk Education Authority (NEA) Board of Directors Election and Treaty Land Entitlement Trustees (TLE) Election Postponed

On November 21, Chief and Council officially announced the postponement of the election for both Nisichawayasihk Education Authority Board of Directors and the Treaty Land Entitlement Trustees.

This decision was made to avoid legal and technical challenges and election appeals. In the coming months Chief and Council will consider the issues and discuss options to meet NCN Citizens needs and determine a revised election date.

Please stay tuned for more information on future election dates for both the TLE and NEA elections or contact the NCN Government Office for more information.


Important Changes Coming Soon to Mail Services!

October 8, 2014 - Notice to NCN Citizens
The Canada Post Office in Nelson House is moving from its current location on October 24 and will be closed for 3 days until October 27. It will reopen at a temporary location in the Gilbert McDonald Arena, adjacent to the canteen on the main floor.  

General delivery and all other mail service including post office boxes, office hours, delivery times and parcel pick-up will operate as normal at the Arena.

New Post Office at NCN Store to Open Fall 2015

The new permanent Post office home is being built at the NCN Store and is expected to open Fall 2015. Plans include post office boxes for all NCN Citizen. We appreciate your patience while we work to improve our community mail services.


Election Appeals Withdrawn. Election Law Review Considered

On September 19, 2014, in Nelson House an Election appeal hearing was held in response to objections recently filed regarding the 2014 Chief and Council Election process.

The Election Appeal Committee heard oral presentations and reviewed written submissions on concerns around procedural and jurisdictional issues including the preparation of the voters list, establishment of polls, printing and distribution of ballots, provision of information to candidates and the public, security of ballot boxes, conduct of business by Chief and Council during the campaign period, operation of the polls, ballot count procedures, reporting of the results, dealing with intoxicated voters and mail-in ballot options.

The Electoral officer presented detailed information regarding all concerns and was cross examined on her evidence and responded to further questions from the Committee, appellants and Chief and Council..

The Appeal Committee indicated to the parties that on the basis of the material before it, there was no established violation of the Election Law and it was not shown that the outcome of the election was affected. Appellants elected to withdraw their appeals instead of continuing further with the appeal hearing and one appeal was dismissed for lack of evidence.

It was agreed the hearing was a valuable exercise and all participants stated their commitment to working together in future for the benefit of the community's democratic life.

NCN is involved in ongoing review of its laws and law making process, which will allow for concerns raised in the appeal and suggestions for the improvement of the electoral process to be further considered.

To view the complete report of the NCN 2014 Election Appeal Decision please click here.

Further details regarding the Election process can be read in the NCN Electoral Officer's Narrative Report on 2014 NCN Election (PDF)


NCN Elects Marcel Moody for Chief
Marcel Moody was elected Chief of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation in the 2014 NCN general election, taking 913 votes compared to 379 votes for William Elvis Thomas and 326 votes for Jim Moore.

Four of Six Councillors Re-elected
Four of six incumbent councillors were re-elected including Ron Spence (565 votes), Shirley Linklater (559 votes), Patrick Linklater (514 votes) and Joe Moose (429 votes). Newcomers Willie Moore (544 votes) and Bonnie Linklater (433 votes) took the other two seats.
• More 2014 Election Results
• To view the 2014 Election Report, please click here.


Chief Responds to Critics of Wuskwatim Deal

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2014

This Hydro partnership is working
By: Marcel Moody
Will Braun, of the Interchurch Task Force on Hydropower, in his commentary Dam deal loses shine (May 24), condemned the Wuskwatim project. Your readers should have the facts about Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation's partnership with
Manitoba Hydro.

First, echoes of the past: In the 1990s, opponents maintained we had "settled for something far less than what (we) were originally promised" when we signed on to the 1996 Northern Flood Agreement. We were portrayed as naive puppets of government and Manitoba Hydro, "being led -- like children -- into agreements that sacrifice the future of our communities in return for little more than beads
or trinkets."

Then, as now, I feel such portrayals do a disservice to my community, which voted for the agreement to build a better future.

We find it outrageous that Braun represents the people whose residential school policies helped to destroy the fabric of our communities. As my colleague Coun. D'Arcy Linklater puts it, we are trying hard to restore our spiritual, political and economic sovereignty and we wonder why people persist with paternalistic attitudes, creating turmoil in our community by questioning economic-development decisions made with the support of
our people.

By now, most Manitobans are aware of the tragic history we endured in the development of hydro in this province. We have tried to overcome this history of mistrust and move forward as a modern First Nation to create opportunities for our citizens. Since 1996, we have used the compensation from past flooding from hydroelectric projects to provide millions of dollars in programs and services for our people. We have invested in businesses that employ other Manitobans and we have used the profits of those businesses to create jobs in our community.

At one time, we were 100 per cent dependent on the federal government for our funding. That is no longer the case. Our agreements with Hydro, including the Wuskwatim project, are part of this success story.

In 2006, we voted to authorize our council to sign the Wuskwatim Project Development Agreement. As with any business deal, we explained there were risks involved. Like many projects built over the past decade, capital costs escalated and interest rates, exchange rates and export sales fluctuated. No one foresaw the 2008 global recession and its lingering effects, nor the impact new technologies, such as fracking for natural gas, would have on export electricity rates.

We need more control over our lands and resources to further develop our economy. We are not so naive as to think the Wuskwatim project will end the poverty many of our citizens live with daily. But we believe it is one more step in the right direction. We are proud of our partnership with Manitoba Hydro. While we do not always view things the same way, we can say categorically the people at Manitoba Hydro have tried to ensure there will be benefits for our people, today
and tomorrow.

Based on the assumptions made before the 2006 vote, we projected we would have about $7 million available annually from our two hydro-related trusts until our Wuskwatim investment loans were paid off. We understood that because hydro projects are capital-intensive, losses would occur in the early years and we negotiated arrangements to respond to those realities.

We have invested millions of dollars of our own money in this project by carefully managing our resources. Contrary to Braun's assertions, we are on track to receive money annually, and once the loans are repaid, the payments will grow. They may not be as high as projected; this depends on events in the North
American economy.

In the meantime, we will have funds to address serious infrastructure and housing issues in our community and to invest in other ventures similar to those we already own, such as the Mystery Lake Hotel, Meetah Building Supplies, and our Family Foods stores in Thompson and
Nelson House.

Our critics operate without full knowledge, making inaccurate or misleading statements that cause turmoil in our community. Like other First Nations, NCN is trying to overcome years of poverty, injustice and exploitation. Again, to quote my colleague, Coun. Linklater: "While we cannot ignore the effects of colonization, we can learn from it for the benefit of
all Manitobans."

Participation in resource development is one of the few significant opportunities we have, and it benefits all North Americans. We suggest Braun heed his own advice to his church leaders and "promote open, non-polarized discussion of Hydro issues." Unfortunately, given past history, we doubt that he or others who have been campaigning against hydro development in northern Manitoba will change.

Time will prove they are wrong, just as critics of our earlier hydro deals were wrong. I hope Manitobans will ignore these critics who do us a disservice. Our citizens deserve to be proud of the fact we could overcome such a negative history and move forward for the betterment of
all Manitobans.


Chief and Council Pass Resolution for Election Order and Eligibility to Run

On July 2, 2014 NCN Chief and Council passed a Council Resolution issuing an election order for the Chief and Council 2014-2018 Term of Office. The election date is set for Thursday, August 21, 2014 to elect one (1) Chief and (6) Councillors For more infrmation on the Election Order and Election Law please read the following documents:
2014 Chief and Council Election Law (PDF)
2014 Chief and Council Election Order (PDF).


Round 3 Meet and Greets and Trust Amendment Vote Postponed

The final Round 3 Meet and Greets explaining the PDA Supplement 2 and proposed changes to the Taskinigahp Trust that were originally scheduled for June16 - 18 and 25 have been postponed as it is taking longer than anticipated to finalize the legal wording of certain documents. In addition, Council is exploring options to safeguard NCN’s investment.  Further information will be provided to NCN Citizens as soon as possible.

New dates have not yet been identified but NCN Citizens will be notified once they are rescheduled. This delay also postpones the required vote on the Taskinigahp Trust amendments that would provide access to the final funding to complete NCN's Wuskwatim investment.


Six Community Consultants Hired

NCN has hired seven Community Consultants in casual, part-time positions for a six-to-eight month period to assist with several projects.

The consultants hired and where they will work are:

  • Lisa McDonald (Nelson House)
  • Donna Moore-Linklater (Nelson House)
  • David Spence (Nelson House)
  • Ryan Spence (Nelson House)
  • Alan Linklater (Leaf Rapids)
  • Jeremiah Spence (Thompson)
  • Earl Hart (Winnipeg)

They immediately assisted with the Oct. 28 Election-code Amendments vote by going door to door to meet with our Citizens to explain the changes and answer questions.

Other projects they'll be involved in over the next few months include:

  • The review of the draft NCN Constitution
  • Potential amendments to various NCN Trusts
  • The Wuskwatim Investment and
    PDA Supplement #2,
  • Section 35 consultations related to other projects including the CRD Final License, the proposed Keeyask, Conawapa and Bipole III projects.

They're working under the general supervision of the Wuskwatim Implementation Manager.


Chief Marcel Moody Outlines Priorities

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.

Thanks to Chief Primrose

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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 publicly thank formers er vice. 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.

Going Forward – Addressing Key Issues

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.

Chief and Council Focused on Community and
First Nation Priorities

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.

Your Support is Important

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.
Ekosani!


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Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Council Announces
Resignation of Chief Jerry Primrose

Marcel Moody Becomes Acting Chief

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Retiring Chief
Jerry Primrose

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Acting Chief
Marcel Moody

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,”
Moody said.

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.

On 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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Election Code Vote Approves All But Two Proposed Amendments

NELSON HOUSE, Manitoba, October 29, 2013:  In NCN's October 28 vote, a total of 439 NCN electors voted to approve all but two proposed amendments to the Election Code.  Voters rejected amendments to allow NCN Citizens convicted of a crime to run for office eight years after their conviction, and turned down mail-in ballots.  Full details are available in the attached news release. Click to download.  
A breakdown of votes cast for and against each amendment are outline in the
table below. Click here to view the official vote results.


Revote on Election Code Amendments
Set for Monday, Oct. 28

NCN Chief and Council and NCN Electoral Officer Joyce Yetman have set Monday, Oct. 28 as the date for a revote on amendments to the election code that were narrowly turned down in the Sept. 12 vote. (Click here or on thumbnail to view poster.)

Voting Locations Announced

NCN Chief and Council and Electoral Officer Joyce Yetman have announced locations for the Oct. 28 vote. Polls will be open from noon to 8:00 p.m.  (The Election Code Newsletter incorrectly indicated polls would open at 8:00 a.m.)

COMMUNITY VOTE LOCATION
Nelson House United Church
Leaf Rapids Town Centre
Thompson Makwa Room, Mystery Lake Hotel
Winnipeg NCN Office, Suite 300 , 428 Portage Avenue at Vaughn Street. (Power Building)

 Click here to make sure you are on a voters list (on-reserve or off-reserve).

Election Code Amendments are Important

"These amendments are important as part of our continuing evolution as a self-governing democratic First Nation," Chief Jerry Primrose said.  "These changes, along with a proposed constitution for the First Nation to be reviewed with NCN Citizens this fall, will help clarify and improve our election and
referendum processes.

"Low turnout was also a concern in the last vote, so we need all NCN Citizens to come out and participate in this vote."

Door-to-Door Consultations Underway to Explain Amendments

Because of rumours and misunderstandings about the amendments before the last vote, NCN has hired community consultants to meet with NCN Citizens before the upcoming vote to explain the proposed changes.  NCN Chief and Council are also going door to door in Nelson House to consult, emphasize the importance of the vote and dispel any misconceptions.

Newsletter Provides Additional Information

A newsletter highlighting proposed changes is being circulated to NCN Citizens, or is available for download by clicking on the thumbnail below.  Copies of the Current Election Code and the Proposed 2013 Amended Election Code with tracked changes are also available for download below.

 

Election Code
Amendment Newsletter
(October 2013)

Proposed 2013 Amended Election Code
– complete text with
tracked changes –
(August 2013)

Current Election Code
(June 2010)


Final Vote Results Announced for Amendments
to the Election Code

NCN voters reject amendments by six votes

NELSON HOUSE, ManitobaSeptember 13, 2013 – Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Electoral Officer Joyce Yetman today announced final results of the September 12, 2013 voting results for amendments to the election code.

A total of 337 electors participated in the vote and there was 1 spoiled ballot. There were 213 votes cast in Nelson House, 77 in Thompson, and 38 in Winnipeg. Of those voting, 161 votes were cast in favor of the package of amendments and 167 votes were cast against the package of amendments. There were 9
rejected ballots.

As the package of amendments was not approved by a majority of NCN Citizens who cast a ballot, there will be no changes to the Election Code (1998, E-1 as amended in 2002 and 2010). Copies of the official results and the current Election Code are available from the NCN Electoral Officer or for download below.

Results News Release
(12 KB pdf)

Official Results Details
(12 KB pdf)

Current Election Code June 2010
(242 KB)


Vote on Election Code Amendments Set for
Thursday, September 12

Two rounds of community workshops held from late May to mid July have produced a package of Election Code amendments that NCN Citizens will be asked to vote on Thursday, September 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the locations noted below.

Election Code Amendment
September 12 Vote – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
COMMUNITY WHERE TO VOTE
Nelson House United Church
Thompson Mystery Lake Hotel Boardroom
Winnipeg NCN Winnipeg Office, Suite 300 (3rd Floor)
Power Building, 428 Portage Avenue

An information piece has been produced and distributed to NCN Citizens for review before the vote. Click on the thumbnail at right to download an electronic version. It contains only the wording for sections added, or amended.

Please note: “While Chief and Council and the technical team have carefully reviewed the material in this newsletter to ensure all proposed amendments to the Election Code are accurate, Chief and Council reserve the right to correct any errors or omissions prior to the vote on September 12th.”

Please download and refer to the 'tracked changes' version of the complete proposed election code for the final wording that will be subject to the vote. Text highlighted in yellow indicates sections and/or text that differ from the newsletter version.

The current existing Election Code and other Election Code review information used throughout the review process are available here.

Amendments Focus on Election Code Only

All NCN Citizens are encouraged to vote on the proposed Election Code amendments, which include feedback received during the Rounds 1 and 2 Election Code workshops held in November 2012, May, June and July 2013 as well as from feedback received via the NCN website.

At the workshops, NCN Citizens identified many issues to be addressed. Some of those do not relate directly to the Election Code but need to be addressed in other ways. These issues relate to: roles and responsibilities of Council, Code of Conduct for Council, rights of NCN Citizens, law-making processes including direct voter input, salary and benefits for Council. Chief and Council have decided to direct those to an NCN Constitution that is currently being drafted for discussion with NCN Citizens this fall.

For more information please
click here or contact:

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    204-484-3003
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Family Foods, NCN's New Business Venture
in Thompson Opened Aug. 19

NCN Councillor Marcel Moody cuts the ribbon to officially open the Thompson Food Fare, NCN's latest business investment, with Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston, members of Thompson City Council and members of our own
NCN council.

Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation's latest business enterprise, the new Family Foods Store in Thompson, officially opened Aug. 19 with Councillor Marcel Moody cutting the ribbon on behalf of Chief Jerry Primrose who could not attend.  Councillors D'Arcy Linklater, Patrick Linklater, Shirley Linklater and Joe Moose
also participated. 

In his remarks at the opening, Marcel commented on NCN's strategy in developing business opportunities:

"NCN strives for workable and viable investment and development opportunities to strengthen NCN’s economic base, provide income for our community and generate jobs for our citizens and others in the north.

"This store will employ 24 people, half of which are NCN Citizens. We’re are very proud of that and pleased to be contributing to the creation of opportunities for employment in Thompson."  

Family Foods operates from the former Extra Foods following a
$2.2 million renovation.

Read the Thompson Citizen's coverage of the opening by clicking here.

Thompson Mayor Tim Johnston presents NCN councillors with a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Thompson at the official opening of NCN's Family Foods store.


Darcy Linklater Receives Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

NCN is pleased to announce on May 13, 2013 at the Manitoba Legislature former Councillor Darcy Linklater Sr. was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his many years of service and significant contributions and achievements as a First Nations Citizen and Citizen of Canada. The honour was presented by Commissioner James Wilson.

Darcy's work in preserving culture, being a leader in many social, political, historic and economic initiatives and programs along with his significant contribution to the community, Manitoba and Canada are included in his many achievements.

This honour is bestowed by the Government of Canada, The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, and administered by the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.


Chief Jerry Primrose Honoured as Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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.