Outspoken chief rejects council call to resign

Posted: June 11, 2007 in CN Rail, Home Grown Terrorism in Canada, June 29th 2007, Land claims, Natives, Terry Nelson

A Manitoba First Nations chief whose controversial comments made national headlines is refusing to step down, even though a band watchdog group has voted to remove him and his councillors from office. Speaking to news organizations last month, Chief Terry Nelson of the Roseau River First Nation said: “There’s only one way to deal with a white man. You either pick up a gun or you stand between him and his money.”

Late last month, the Custom Council of the Roseau River First Nation served a notice of non-confidence in Nelson and his council and ordered a new election for the positions. “He’s humiliating us, embarrassing us. We don’t want to be portrayed as terrorists. We have to put a stop to this,”

Nelson says he supports the Custom Council’s right to recall democratically elected officials, but says this particular council hasn’t followed proper procedures for appointing members. A decision made in a secret meeting, possibly without quorum, can’t be valid, he said.

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