Open Letter to Beausoleil First Nation Chief and Council

Johnny Hawke
81 Ogema Miikaan
Christian Island, ON
L9M 0A9  705 247 2120 ojibwayrebel@gmail.com 

Beausoleil First Nation Chief and Council

11 O’gema Miikaan
Christian Island, ON
L9M 0A9  705 247 2051 

Re: Open Letter to Beausoleil First Nation Chief and Council

Monday May 28, 2018

I am writing to request a written Public Apology before your term is done relating to failure to uphold your Policies and Procedures where I was assaulted by a Council Member.

To remind you Clayton S King was charged for assault while on Council and placed on a 12 month Peace Bond in October 2016.  The First Nation’s Policies and Procedures 2.2(a), 3.14, 14.1, 15.1(i), 9.4 prohibit Employees or Council from committing assault during work hours or on their own time; where in such an instance the person is to be removed from their position. Despite this a conscious effort was made to use a provision within the discriminative Indian Act to protect this Councillor demonstrating adverse differential treatment.

Within this elected term I’ve exhausted all proper avenues to hold you accountable to your own Policies such as a request to be on the Agenda for a Council Meeting where I was rudely denied by Council’s Secretary and also filling a Human Rights Complaint. This matter falls on your specific group as Chief and Council and not any future leadership or the community; a public apology is integral if you wish to restore faith into this Public Office especially when Self Governing Policies to get out of the Indian Act exist and continues to be a goal. 

Recently Council signed an agreement of “mutual respect” with the Town of Midland where I see no reason why an apology also can’t be made public in the same spirit of “mutual respect” for your own community.  It is a great injustice when We the Community are subject to policies and face consequences when Council or Employees do not have to.  I trust you will comply with this request or further demonstrate how you as individuals account to the Community in such positions of privilege.

In Community Spirit,

Johnny Hawke

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