Ashcroft Indian Band’s June 8 election has been put on hold after a federal judged ordered Chief and Council to review and revise the membership list and process in the next six months.
On May 16, Justice Richard Mosley found that the Band had not followed proper procedures to maintain the membership list, and that the Dept. if Indian and Northern Affairs Canada refused to stop the 2010 elections even though it knew about the problem.
Band member Ray Cameron, who initiated the legal action against Chief and Council and INAC, said Chief Greg Blain will have to remove his own name from the membership list, and he will be looking into criminal charges against Chief and Council from issues affected by the problematic list.
Blain was not available for comment, and phones rang unanswered Friday afternoon at the AIB Band office.