PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the citizens of the Saulteau First Nations that nominations for the office of Councillor (one to be elected from each of the five major families – Courtoreille, Davis, Desjarlais, Gauthier and Napoleon - and who will serve for a 3-year term which will end in April 2023) will be received by the Electoral Officer during a 2-hour nomination meeting to held on Wednesday, April 01, 2020 starting at 6:00 pm in the gymnasium of the SFN Band Office.
During the nomination meeting, any eligible voter of the Saulteau First Nations may nominate or second only one eligible candidate for this office. An eligible voter is defined as “any SFN citizen who has reached the legal age of 18 years.” Nomination documents may be obtained at the SFN Band Office prior to the meeting or at the nomination meeting.
Any SFN citizen, who wishes to be nominated for Councilor must submit both a:
- “Letter of Good Standing” from the SFN Finance Manager
- Criminal Record Check It is strongly advised to obtain these documents immediately. Visit the RCMP Detachment (5424 Hospital Road, Chetwynd) between 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday to Friday, to obtain the CRC form. Bring two pieces of government-issued identification; one must include a photo.
ELIGIBILITY FOR OFFICE:
A citizen may be nominated, elected, and hold office as a Councillor of the Saulteau First Nations if he or she meets the following criteria:
- Must be a Saulteau First Nations citizen 18 years of age or older on the date of nomination,
- Obtains a “Letter of Good Standing” from the Finance Manager stating that all payment obligations to the Saulteau First Nations have been met;
- Obtains a Criminal Records Check;
- Possesses a valid driver’s licence, [or] has a documented medical condition that prevents him/her from possessing a driver’s licence;
- Has not been convicted of an indictable offense within 5 years prior to the date of nomination; and is not under any Court Order to not hold an elected office;
- Has not been removed from a Council position based on any violations or breaches of the Saulteau First Nations Constitution within 5 years prior to the date of nomination;
- Has not resigned from a Council position without justifiable cause within 3 years prior to the date of nomination;
- Resides or normally resides within the traditional territory of the Saulteau First Nations;
- And if not currently a resident, will relocate to the Saulteau First Nations reserve #169 or its surrounding territory within one (1) month from being elected.
A citizen is defined in the SFN Election Procedures as “any registered member of the Saulteau First Nations as per the SFN membership list.” “Normally resides within the traditional territory” means someone who is temporarily away due to medical, educational or seasonal work purposes.
VOTING DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:
ONLINE (electronic) VOTING: will commence on Sunday, April 5 at 12:01 AM and continue until Wednesday, April 8 at 11:59 PM
ADVANCE VOTING: Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 12:00 noon to 9:00 pm Saulteau First Nations Band Office, 1717 Boucher Lake Road, Moberly Lake, BC
FINAL VOTING: Saturday, April 11, 2020 from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Saulteau First Nations Band Office, 1717 Boucher Lake Road, Moberly Lake, BC
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on these matters, please contact the undersigned.
Greta Goddard, Electoral Officer
Posted: Monday, February 03, 2020.