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Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence may face motion of non-confidence

09/23/2014 07:30 EDT | Updated 11/23/2014 05:59 EST
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A member of the Attawapiskat First Nation hopes a motion of non-confidence  that she will put forward today  will be put to a vote during a band meeting.

Jocelyn Iahtail told CBC News she represents a group that is fed up with allegations of corruption in the First Nation in northern Ontario. She feels nepotism and corruption are rampant in her home community.

Iahtail, who lives in Ottawa, has gone so far as to get a spot on the agenda of a band meeting, slated for 3 p.m. Tuesday. She intends to introduce a motion of non-confidence against Chief Theresa Spence when she's given time to speak at the meeting.

Iahtail said she would have liked to have exercised her democratic voting right as a member of the Attawapiskat First Nation​ in last year's August election, but was denied.

"The Attawapiskat Chief and band elections of 2013 was about voter suppression by failing to accommodate non-residents in a reasonable manner," she said.

At the time, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples had urged the Attawapiskat First Nation to postpone band council elections until all members, living on or off-reserve, have had a chance to cast a ballot.

"One of the stipulations was that a band member had to cast a ballot in person. Of course this is in breach of the Supreme Court ruling involving the Corbiere decision that all First Nations people have a right to participate in their First Nations governance," Iahtail told CBC News on Monday.

Iahtail stays away from Attawapiskat for fear of retaliation about claims of sexual abuse in the community .

In one of Iahtail's many claims, she cites criminal charges against Chief Spence's common-law partner, Clayton Kennedy.

He was charged with fraud and theft concerning the band's funds while he was co-manager.

Kennedy's current location isn't known, but court services say he has a pretrial hearing in Attawapiskat on Friday.

When calls were made to the Attawapiskat band office, CBC News was told that Spence was sick.

Calls to her home were not returned.

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