Manitoba

Nun living on Manitoba First Nation reserve faces deportation

A Nigerian nun living on a Manitoba First Nation reserve will likely be deported, despite the band's efforts.

A Nigerian nun living on a Manitoba First Nation reservewill likely be deported, despite the band's efforts.

Sister Juliana Eligwe first came to Canada in 2001 and for the last few years has worked as a missionary on the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation.

Eligwe claimed refugee status, saying she would be persecuted for her religious beliefs if she returned to Nigeria.

In an effort to help the nun stay in Canada, theFirst Nation made her an honorary band memberby adopting her under a band custom.

However,the Federal Court rejected the idea last week, saying it is the federal government, not First Nations councils that determine who can stay in Canada.

In making its decision, the court also cited an immigration department review that said the nun likely wouldn't be persecuted at home because she comes from the Christian part of Nigeria.

Elizabeth Aikens, manager of band membership on the reserve, said Eligwe is a close friend who spent much of her time with people in the community and at the local church.

Aikensadded thatfederal authorities told her custom adoptions are only allowed in the case of minors.

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