Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

June 17, 2012 19:38 ET

Sliammon First Nation Ratification Vote Postponed

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 17, 2012) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, issued the following statement:

"We understand that due to protests at the polling stations, the Sliammon First Nation has postponed the June 16th vote on the ratification of the treaty.

It is disappointing that the vote was disrupted due to these actions. Our government believes that a person's right to vote should not be denied and we hope that community members use the democratic process to express their agreement or disagreement with the proposed treaty.

The Sliammon Ratification Committee is responsible for setting out the voting procedures and dates and they will decide on next steps. We are confident that the people of Sliammon will be able to cast their vote on this important matter in the near future.

Canada remains committed to achieving results through the BC treaty process. We believe that the modern treaty that has been negotiated with the Sliammon First Nation reconciles Aboriginal and Crown interests and balances the rights and interests of the community and all Canadians."

This statement is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Jan O'Driscoll
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada