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March 19, 2009 23:59 ET

Barriere Lake: Ridiculous issue at the Federal Court

RAPID LAKE, QC, March 19 - The Algonquins of Barriere Lake
were gathered last Monday and Tuesday, march 16th and 17th, at the Supreme
Court building in Ottawa to hear arguments by the Federal Court over an
application made by the former Band Council on a Third Party management case.
"Chief Casey Ratt, his council, the people and the Elders are trying to
move forward with the positive development of Barriere Lake Algonquins,
however, find themselves in a dispute over who controls their financial
transfers, worth millions" said the lawyer of the community, Michael Swinwood.
The application was initially brought forward by four Elders. In essence,
the proceedings are about a letter that the Ministry of Indian Affairs issued
in 2006 appointing a Third Party Manager for the management of funds for the
Algonquins of Barriere Lake. These Elders and their lawyer, David Nahwegahbow,
are attempting to gain some position and authority over the Algonquins of
Barriere Lake, which they do not have, either under the Customary Governance
Code or the Indian Act.
"The two day court day proceedings are a waste of time. Our Council is
already making significant progress on the issues involving Third Party
Management. Our vision for the community is to re-establish our financial
situation" said Chief Casey Ratt.
The Federal Court is scheduled to make a decision within the next few
weeks.

Contact Information

  • Christal Ratt, Cell: (819) 860-8129