Message to the Community Regarding Indian Act Elections, Custom Election Code and First Nation Elections Act (FNEA) Posted on March 09, 2018
The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council (TMC) would like to take this opportunity to inform the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that since 2016, the TMC and the MBQ Administration, have been gathering information regarding the First Nations Elections Act (FNEA). The purpose behind gathering this information over the last few years is to evaluate the differences between Band Elections under the Indian Act (IA) versus Band Elections under the FNEA, and what benefits there would be to either remaining under the Indian Act, moving to a community election system (custom election code), or potentially opting in to the FNEA.
The most recent discussion regarding the FNEA occurred on December 4, 2017 and the following motion was made: Motion #20 “to approve to adopt the First Nations Election Act regulations for the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in 2019.” The discussion and intent surrounding this motion was to ensure that the conversation regarding moving to a custom election code, or opting into the FNEA, would continue after the December 2017 Election once the newly elected council was sworn in. In order to ensure that the appropriate community consultation takes place, there was only a motion of council and no Mohawk Council Resolution to opt in.
We would like to assure the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has not moved to a custom election code or opted into the FNEA but look forward to engaging our membership through community information sessions, and other means to hear the views of our members.
If you would like any further information regarding elections under the Indian Act, moving to a custom election code, or the First Nations Election Act (FNEA) please see the following link.