No action taken as deadline passes for eviction of non-band members on Fishing Lake First Nation
Deadline to vacate was Jan. 9
The eviction date has come and gone for non-members of Fishing Lake First Nation served notices on Nov. 9.
Non-band members living on the First Nation were told they had to be out of their homes by Jan. 9.
For Celina Quewezance, the meantime has been fraught with uncertainty.
"It's been terrible," she said. "It was emotional, especially over the holidays and knowing that it's winter."
The house Quewezance lives in used to be her grandmother's. She moved there three years ago.
She lives with her partner and two children and said her grandchildren visit often as well. Her mother lives next door with one of Quewezance's daughters.
Quewezance said her and her family are not going anywhere.
"It's a hard thing to do, to be in limbo and not to prepare," she said. "I think all of us who were evicted agreed that we were staying put."
She has also filed a human rights complaint and is waiting on the results of that.
Leroy Buffalo was a member of the Day Star First Nation, but said he has since had his new membership to Fishing Lake registered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).
He said he hopes this can serve as protection should the Chief and council try to evict him again.
Buffalo said that the eviction letters galvanized the community.
"There's a lot of off-reserve members here that have been protesting along with us," he said.
CBC contacted Chief Derek Sunshine and he said he didn't have a comment on this story at this time.
Fishing Lake First Nation is 210 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.