Blueberry First Nations

Randi-Marie Adams
06/16/2020

A few days ago, we reported on the Blueberry River First Nations council vote which removed Chief Marvin Yahey Sr. from office.  
 
In that report, we  indicated that the resolution passed by the council members of the Blueberry River First Nations had been signed off officially by government ministers removing Yahey as Chief.
 
We have since learned that the resolution was not signed by any government minister and  government approval is not required. Yahey’s counsel has indicated that the federal government has no jurisdiction whatsoever to approve or confirm the removal of Chief Yahey or any other member of Council, because the BRFN is governed by the Custom Code adopted by the membership.
 
In a June 10th statement attributed to Yahey released through the band's website, Yahey claims The process adopted by these three Councillors in their attempt to remove me from office is illegal and contravenes the express provisions of our Custom Election Code. There was no legal authority for the meeting held today on a mere 24 hours notice, and any vote or decision taken is of no legal force and effect.  The statement goes on to say: “I remain the Chief of the Blueberry River First Nation and will continue to serve in that capacity in the best interests of our Nation.”
 
We will continue to follow this story as new developments arise and we apologize for any misunderstanding this reporting may have caused.
 

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