The Métis Nations-Saskatchewan has scheduled their first election in more than four years.
A court application to stop a Métis Nations Legislative Assembly this past weekend in Saskatoon was denied by a Prince Albert Queen’s Bench judge.
The application claimed that the terms for the Provincial Métis Council had expired six months ago, which would not give them the authority to schedule a meeting.
However, Vice President Gerald Morin said the judge sided with the council on the basis that the Métis Nations-Saskatchewan could not be ungoverned.
That same time, the Provincial Métis Council chose May 27 as an election date.
In November of 2014, the federal government held back funding after the MN-S failed to set a date for the legislative assembly.
Now that a date is set, Morin said they hope to receive full funding post-election.
“We’re ready to basically roll up our sleeves and get to work. We’re ready to negotiate the implementation of our rights, and put programs and services in place to address to socioeconomic issues in our communities,” explained Morin. “Generally, we want to represent our people as best we can.”
Morin said they also chose an electoral officer at the meeting in Saskatoon, and on election day ballots will be established at more than 100 locations across Saskatchewan.
The last election for the MN-S was September of 2012.
(With files from CJWW)