Mi’kmaq First Nations Assembly preparing to test applicant rejections

Diane Crocker
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CORNER BROOK  The Mi’kmaq First Nations Assembly of Newfoundland is preparing to ask a court in Ontario to review the rejection of applicants to the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band.

To do that, the assembly has been reaching out to rejected applicants to find someone willing to participate in a test case.

Hector Pearce is vice-chair of the assembly.

Pearce said there have been people refused on the basis of not signing their application and others because they didn’t submit a long-form birth certificate.

“Because they’re rejected then we could challenge this in court if we knew that an applicant did sign the application and did submit the long-form birth certificate based on the applicant’s records.”

Pearce said this would involve them having either a scanned copy of their application or a paper photocopy.

He said the assembly has at least one person come forward who fits the criteria.

That application will be used by the assembly’s legal representatives, Gowlings, to file a judicial review application in provincial court in Ottawa.

Pearce said the group plans to do the same with an applicant who was rejected because of a lack of a long-form birth certificate.

Pearce plans to speak about the court challenge at tonight’s community meeting the assembly is holding in Corner Brook. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Pepsi Centre.

Organizations: First Nations Assembly of Newfoundland, Gowlings, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Pepsi Centre

Geographic location: Ontario, Ottawa, Western Star Corner Brook

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