Election challenges in Innu communities

Election challenges in Innu communities


Election challenges in Innu communities on the North Shore are increasing, at the initiative of members of the Innu communities of Pessamit, Uashat mak Mani-Utenam and Matimekush-Lac John.

A group formed last spring, the National Committee for the Rights of First Peoples, sent the media documents that would show irregularities during the elections last July in Matimekush-Lac John. Among these documents is a video of the opening of a ballot box and a summary of the counting of votes. According to the committee, they prove that irregularities were committed.

In Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, the allegations surrounding the June 18 election are even more serious. The committee claims to have evidence and testimony supporting that ballots were marked, allowing the Band Council to build a “blacklist” of voters. A list of allowances paid to members of the Innu community would prove attempts to buy votes according to the committee.

In Pessamit, the defeated candidate René Rock claims the invalidity of the ballot of August 17 . He believes that some members of the community should not have had the right to run for office because of their past behavior.

“People who ran, who had civil as well as criminal records , that's why I disagree. They do not have the right to be elected in relation to the electoral code”, declared Réné Rock.

His complaint could be heard by a review committee which he considers biased from the outset.< /p>

“I don't hide the fact that I don't trust that committee. If it's not favorable, we'll definitely go higher, we'll go to the Federal Court.”

René Rock is calling for a new election.