Saturday, September 14, 2019
Meeting package: michel_first_nation_agm_package_combo_2019.docx
Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Registration 9:30am - Meeting 10:30am
In order to address sex-based inequalities in Indian registration, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) will be hosting a meeting with Michel First Nation on January 27.
CIRNAC have scheduled to meet with Michel First Nation on January 27 to share information on band membership and to inform non-status members (descendants) on the requirements and process of applying for Indian Status. We do not have a place or a time of day when this meeting will take place, and will pass this on when this information becomes available.
All are welcome.
In August of 2015 a decision was rendered in the Descheneaux case by the Superior Court of Quebec which declared provisions of the Indian Act inoperative because they unjustifiably violated equality rights by perpetuating sex-based inequalities for Indian registration between descendants of the male and female lines. This decision also brought to light the long standing and unaddressed broader issues relating to Indian registration, band membership and First Nations Citizenship.
Legislative changes were introduced in 2016 under Bill C-3 and came into force on Dec 22, 2017. This act also requires that Canada consult broadly on issues around Indian registration, band membership and First Nations Citizenship. As part of the government’s commitment to develop a collaborative process on these issues relating to BillC-3, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) sought input from First Nations and Indigenous groups to co-design the consultations under the collaborative process from Oct. 2017 to March 2018.
As a result of this information gathering CIRNAC is hosting community meetings to inform First Nations Groups on the processes relating to Indian registration, band membership and First Nations Citizenship.
A more comprehensive report is available on the web at Collaborative Process on Indian Registration or Band Membership and First Nation Citizenship
All four groups including Michel First Nation have accepted mediation and we have been contacted by the mediator to establish dates on which to meet with him. Each individual group would then meet with the mediator privately in early December. This would be an introductory meeting to get to know each other and we would present to him the goals and objectives we wish to achieve through mediation.
We would then meet collectively with the mediator in mid-December. At this time, this is all the information we have, as each group's goals and objectives are confidential.
More information will be made available after our collective meetings.
The Michel AGM will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Muir Lake Hall
Registration starts at 9:30am
Meeting starts at 10:30am
See you there!
Our negotiation proposal with INAC is stalled because they will not deal with multiple groups who say that they represent the same group of people. While Chief Gil is still in continued phone contact with INAC.
Chief and Council will produce a document which outlines the history of Michel's Chief and Council, and our activities as an Aboriginal Collective. This will be forwarded to INAC with a deadline for them to respond.
We need to firm up our membership lists with accurate information. Please send to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Council passed a motion to investigate grants or funding to help with membership and communication costs so we can stay better connected.
Proving lineage is important; so send family trees, your own family group (mom, dad, kids) and other genealogy to email@example.com.
We have had 11 meetings so far this year as Council, with one more planned in December.