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Police called to FSIN as vice-chiefs compete for interim leadership role – StarPhoenix

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201851 Views

The FSIN named Heather Bear as interim chief, but first vice-chief Kim Jonathan says precedent and legislation show the job should be hers.

September 25, 2018

Two police cruisers idled outside the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations office in Saskatoon on the first day of its month-long electoral period as a quiet struggle for interim control of the organization played out behind closed doors.

The federation representing 74 Saskatchewan First Nations is set to elect a new chief, first vice-chief and second vice-chief on Oct. 25. Under its legislation, any current executive member standing for re-election was required to resign by 12 p.m. Monday.

Shortly after that deadline, police arrived.

Minutes earlier, First Vice-Chief Kim Jonathan sent an email to FSIN staff and dozens of Saskatchewan chiefs stating that she would not seek re-election, and per Section 53 of the FSIN Executive Act would resume duties as interim chief, effective at noon.

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