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She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail infowescleannwt.com web www.wescleannwt.com Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Avalon Fawn domestic long hair Looking for a new home SpayedNeutered Up-to-date with routine shots House trained Avalon is a lovely girl who is just a princess. She loves being brushed and just about any attention. Avalon will make a great addition to any family. Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. WESCLEAN NORTHERN SALES LTD. Ph 867 875-5100 Fax 867 875-5155 E-mail infowescleannwt.com web www.wescleannwt.com Avalon Cat Hair - long Size - medium Gender - female Avalon is a very loving and beautiful cat. She is spayed and is up-to-date with all her shots.If you think you have a home for a Avalon please call the shelter at 872-5543. Kitkat is soft and friendly and he needs a new home. So give him a break for goodness sake. Please stop by and make Kitkat your new pet. SpayedNeutered Up-to-date with routine shots House trained Please leave a message at 872-5543 for details. Kitkat Male - Adult Looking for a new home By DALI CARMICHAEL Members of the Gwichya Gwichin Band GGB in Tsi- igehtchic claim their appeals of the recent band election have gone unanswered al- lowing the results to be of- ficiated under oath despite outstanding disputes. After election results were released on June 15 five band members submit- ted letters of appeal to Ab- original Affairs and North- ern Development Canada AANDC assistant deputy minister Stephen Van Dine by the stated deadline of June 25. Appellants Anna May MacLeod Alestine Andre Carolyn Lenni Jamie Car- dinal and James Cardinal complained that an unrati- fied election code was used to re-elect Phillip Blake as chief and effectively mayor of the charter community. Theyre trying to use a draft document as a legal document so how can there be an election or even an acclamation asked Law- rence Norbert a member of the GGB Election Code Referendum Committee which has been working to update the election code over the last year. The members didnt rat- ify it until June 15. In the meantime the band had started using that draft code as a legal document and they also...altered the code without it being rati- fied Norbert said. On July 9 the GGB went ahead with an oath of of- fice to swear in the elected officials. In addition to the letters of appeal members of the referendum committee sent Van Dine a letter stating their observations and con- cerns about the appropri- ated custom election code referendum process. Amending the election code In the fall of 2014 the GGB received funding from AANDC to pilot a project ratifying a custom election code to replace proxy voting by members residing outside of the community with tele- phone and electronic submis- sions. Assisted by Graeme Drew of Drew North Con- sulting - who would become the chief electoral ofcer in April - a new election code was built. By March 2015 the GGB had endorsed a final ver- sion of a draft election code and called for a referendum to have it ofcially ratied and approved. At this time the referendum committee requested Blake extend his election term by 60 days to allow time for the new code to be ratied and approved by GGB members - a condition he did not agree to. A 20 per cent threshold was required to pass the new code and quorum was not reached in referendums held on Apr.15 or May 15 even with the new inclusion of electronic and telephone voting. One nal extension was given and on June 15 25 per cent of eligible voters came out and passed the new elec- tion code with 80 per cent in favour. In their letter of concern the referendum committee alleges that Chief Blake has insisted the Apr. 15 referen- dum votes stood as the of- cial results and dismissed votes cast after that date all- thewhile continuing to accept funds for the pilot project from AANDC. His dismissal oftherevampedelectioncode alsobarredanothercandidate from running in the election - his only opposition. The draft unratied code has been used by Chief and Council to amongst other actions declare ineligible a candidate for chief and ac- claim themselves - by design or unknowingly - on to Coun- cil the letter reads. Questionable oversight of elections On June 2 Drew quit as the chief electoral ofcer cit- ing a tight election process strained by a xed election date that provided no time for an appeal process follow- ing the close of nominations in addition to the lack of an election code. Although aware of this fact when appointed it was hoped that applying the spirit and intent of the Code with guidance from the Election Committee would be adequate to administer a fair election Drew wrote in his resignation letter. While the GGB is close to having its custom election code rati- fied the fact is that there are no official laws to guide the election process nor corre- sponding procedures. Also unwilling to work with an unratified code the appointed band election committee submitted a let- ter of resignation on June 3. Recently the referendum committee learned the elec- tion committee had been replaced by a one-person operation manned by Tsi- igehtchics director of fi- nance Cyril Clancy who often takes direction from the GGB chief and council. At that point they reached out to Eleanore Young as- sistant deputy minister of regional operations of Mu- nicipal and Community Af- fairs MACA asking the de- partment to draw AANDCs attention to the issue. A representative for MACA stated the letters of appeal and concern from the GGB members have been received butthatthebandelectionfalls under the jurisdiction of the AANDC meaning the terri- tory has no power to inter- fere with the appeals process. However Norbert said MACA representatives have reached out to the commu- nity and stated they will be encouraging AANDC to in- vestigate appeals. Its very concerning to some people here espe- cially those who have ap- pealed that theyre still going to support this oath of office and the swearing in of someone when they havent even considered the appeals Norbert said. It strikes at the heart of de- mocracy for me that you can have an election de- spite any appeals. Neither Chief Blake nor AANDC responded to re- quests for comment from the Journal. Gwichya Gwichin members ght to appeal recent election Gwichya Gwichin Band members in Tsiigehtchic attend a community feast last October to discuss the custom election code referendum process. The new code was not ratied before the bands recent election leading some members to appeal the outcome. PhotoLawrenceNorbert