Yekooche First Nation in mediation

Yekooche First Nation is struggling with leadership once again, after a judgement renewed controversy over the position of chief.

Yekooche First Nation is struggling with leadership once again, after a judgement renewed controversy over the position of chief.

Chief Henry Joseph was elected on Sept. 28 of 2011, but then lost his seat in a recall campaign.

Allegations were levelled against Henry Joseph during the recall and he lost in a bi-election in February to Partner Schielke, who had previously been chief.

While Joseph alleged corruption of band employees after taking office, the band then pursued legal action against Joseph, alleging mismanagementby Joseph himself.

A later judgement then returned Joseph to the position of chief, and now the band is in meetings with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Members of the band administration and some councillors are alleging Joseph to be  not working for the members.

A meeting held on Dec. 7 did not resolve the situation and another meeting was scheduled to be held on Dec. 13 to continue negotiations.

Should talks fail to produce results, administrative staff said they fear the band will be put under third party management by the federal government.

The controversy over leadership has put a halt to much of the band’s work, according to administration.

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