Saskatchewan

Lonechild's leadership formally challenged

Guy Lonechild, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, continues to face questions about his leadership.

Guy Lonechild, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, continues to face questions about his leadership.

Some local band chiefs have said they no longer have faith in Lonechild's leadership following his conviction in March on a charge of impaired driving that dates back to September 2009.

Chiefs are meeting at the Onion Lake Cree Nation where Lonechild issued an apology over the matter insisting it was time to put the issue to rest.

On Thursday however a non-confidence motion was given to the clerk of the FSIN assembly, a move which begins a formal process that could lead to Lonechild being removed from office.

Sol Sanderson, a member of the FSIN senate, told CBC News Thursday that he believes Lonechild's conviction is incompatible with his role as FSIN chief.

"Anybody that's convicted of a criminal offence is removed from office at the community level, the chief and council," Sanderson said. "We can't have a double standard at the FSIN level."

Lonechild's leadership was also questioned during an FSIN assembly in February. At that time a resolution to suspend his powers, along with those of the vice chiefs, was defeated.

According to the FSIN's non-confidence process, a hearing on Lonechild's future will be set up within 30 days.

 

(With files from the Canadian Press)

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