September 24, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Today, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt announced a collaboration with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs on a regulatory development process to ensure a sound, modern and accountable electoral system for First Nations.
In collaboration with the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, the federal government released a discussion guide that will further inform discussions on the regulations.
The Act will help First Nations create the political stability necessary for solid business investments, long term planning and relationship building that will lead to increased economic development and job creation for First Nations communities.
First Nations who opt in will have access to modern electoral provisions including:
- longer terms of office;
- more robust nomination processes;
- defined offences and penalties;
- a common election day for interested First Nations; and
- no role for the Minister in election appeals.
Following this collaborative development process, the regulations will be finalized and made public at which point the new First Nations Elections Act electoral system will be available to interested First Nations who can choose to opt in.
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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