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O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi Election Postponed due to Seriousness of COVID-19 Virus

April 18, 2020

O-Chi-Chak-Ko- Sipi – With a check stop and controlled entrance into their Nation, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation is postponing the election of Chief and Council until November 28, 2020 due to the seriousness of Covid-19 virus.

O-Chi-Chak-Ko- Sipi First Nation acknowledges that the current mandate of elected officials expires at the end of May 2020 and recognize that holding an election during the current Covid-19 pandemic will endanger the well-being of their citizens.  The current election process is under the Indian Act.

“The First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases)” allows for the duly elected leadership to cancel the general election and extend the mandate of the current duly elected Chief and Council of for up to six months under the current Indian Act, a paper that was introduced in 1876, five years after treaty was agreed to.

  O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi First Nation is exercising the authority granted in, “The First Nations Election Cancellation and Postponement Regulations (Prevention of Diseases)”, and has extend the mandate of the Chief and Council to Nov. 28, 2020.


Last modified: April 18, 2020

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