Wednesday, July 22, 2009

While we wait.....

Well, first ballot will be announced in 15 minutes 1:00 Calgary time. I’m excited....
I read an article over at the G&M, “Race to replace AFN Chief far from over”, by Katherine O’Neill that misrepresented the number of elected chiefs from BC at the AFN AGM. She writes “ Mr. Atleo could also be helped out by the contest's voting system, since 202 of the 639 chiefs allowed to cast ballots for the new leader hail from British Columbia. The province with the next largest block of voters is Ontario, with 134 eligible chiefs”. I credit Ms O’Neill for at least looking at the INAC web site for numbers....but 202 represents the number of reserves....there are only eighty-some elected Chiefs in BC. It just happens that each First Nation community may have several allotments of reserve lands totally separate from each other. (some on sides of cliffs so uninhabitable even goats have a hard time clinging to the slopes!) When the early government placed the First Nations on their assigned lands....(so much sq ft per family but more complicated and not followed through on anyway but you get my drift I hope)...they “parceled” it out so one community might have several reserves.

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2 comments:

ward of the state said...

Well globe and mail's analysis is bad overall. Bc does not vote as a block. There has been a long time split between coastal and interior, traditionalists and modernists.

If it was true that the only credtils required to win were just being from BC as her report suggests, then !ill 1ilson would have fared better at leat one of the 3 times he ran.

wideye said...

Hahahah yeah what's with that! I bet he has someone else's money to blow - someone who makes enough money they need an easy tax right-off.

 
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