Ron Evans, the Grand Chief of Manitoba, will meet soon with First Nations leaders in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta to discuss reforming the way aboriginal people elect their officials, according to Jen Skerritt of the Winnipeg Free Press:
Evans said current rules under the Indian Act cause problems since chief and councils are elected for two-year terms, which he said is too short for the leadership to see any project through to completion. He said frequent elections limit progress, and unstable leadership can scare off potential investors and business development.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs last year began consulting the 37 Manitoba bands that follow electoral rules laid out under the Indian Act, and Evans said there’s been overwhelming support for new reforms.
The movement has the support of aboriginal chiefs in Atlantic Canada and also the federal government.