The following is an assessment of the Millbrook First Nation Band Custom Election Code which is being proposed to replace the current election system which is determined by sections 74(1)-80 of the Indian Act and the government of Canada’s Indian Band Election Regulations. As the guiding principles of the proposed Election Code make clear, this is an election code which operates in accordance with the Indian Act. It is thus by definition, not a process which is “consistent with our [Mi’kmaq] unique customs, practices and traditions.”
Unfortunately, our worst fears have been confirmed by the final draft of the Millbrook Cannabis Control Law that is being brought to the Band Council for discussion on May 9th, 2023. This draft law does not take into account the opinions of either the band members or the cannabis dispensary owners who were supposedly consulted in the report. It replicates all the failed policies of the Kahnawake cannabis law, which has been a disastrous failure not only in Kahnawake, but in Six Nations, Tyendinaga, and everywhere else it has been tried.