Montreal Lake appeal tribunal meets with chief candidates

By Bryan Eneas
January 5, 2018 - 5:00pm

A meeting hosted in the Montreal Lake Cree Nation could determine the chief situation, which was thrown into turmoil last fall.

Edward Henderson, who was elected chief through an election the Cree nation hosted 10 months ago, filed an appeal into a byelection which saw Frank J. Roberts acclaimed as chief at the end of November last year.

Provisions in the Cree Nation’s Election Act state if a candidate for chief is running unopposed the candidate is declared chief by acclamation.

Henderson is not disputing the fact Roberts was acclaimed; his arguments presented at the appeal tribunal revolved around the process then Chief Electoral Officer Clifford Bird followed in calling for an election.

Before more details could be revealed, acclaimed chief Roberts asked for media to be removed from the Montreal Lake administration offices, where the hearing was hosted. Initially reporters were informed the meeting was open to the public; Roberts offered more clarity and said the meeting was only open to Montreal Lake Cree Nation band members.

Roberts said he would contact members of the media following the appeal hearing, however paNOW did not receive any information following the gathering.


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