INDIAN STATUS UNDER BILL C-3 AND SQUAMISH NATION MEMBERSHIP

There are only 2 days until voting day! Just a reminder that Polling Stations will be open on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at:
Totem Hall – 1380 Stawamus Road, Squamish BC
Chief Joe Mathias Centre – 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC
Today we would like to address a question raised by a community member. She asked “Isn’t this is part of the Squamish Nation Membership Code already? Why do the people who received their Indian Status through Bill C-3 have to wait for band membership, if the code says that the Membership Committee can okay membership?”
In response, it is important to note that the current Membership Code does not recognize those who received Indian Status through the Federal Government’s Bill C-3, and the Membership Committee is required to make decisions based on the existing Membership Code.
It will be up to Squamish Nation membership to make a decision on who is considered to be Squamish, through the vote on April 4, 2013. After the vote, and if the amendments are approved, the Membership Committee will be able to make decisions about those who received status from the Federal Government of Canada’s Bill C-3.

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