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First Nations can now delay elections during COVID-19 pandemic, says federal minister – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 202055 Views

Federal officials had previous warned First Nations a delay would create a “governance gap”

Mar 27, 2020

First Nations which postpone their elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be penalized by the federal government, as some had feared.

“I think this is a constructive change. It’s unfortunate it didn’t happen sooner,” said University of Saskatchewan law professor Dwight Newman.

Newman, a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous rights in constitutional law, noted the change comes too late for First Nations communities which held votes over the past week.

In a statement Friday, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is now recommending that First Nations suspend all elections during the pandemic. Miller said health and safety are the government’s top priority and the government will work with First Nations when new dates are set.

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