Target:
Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Chief & Council
Region:
Canada

The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Band Council & the Director of Reseach & Membership have been trying to impliment a Residency By-Law since 1985. The Misisaugas of the New Credit band members have been told that there was a number of surveys and community meetings on this issue and have only been given percentages on any of the surveys and no numbers. The band members are not sure if it is 10,20,30 or what number of the people that make up the percentages that are influencing the changes and decisions for over 1500 band membes. On July 7, 2003 a Residency By-Law was given final approval by a quorum of Chief and Council and forwarded to Indian and Northern Affairs Canada without the majority of th band members approval. According to the Interpetation Section 2.0 of the Residency By-Law "Non-Members" means "a person who is not a band member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation" residing within the New Credit Reserve 40A. This definition includes all First Nation people wh are not a band member of th Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and any non-native spouse of a Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band member.

Some Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band members thought that as long as they were married to another native whether they were a band member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation or from another reserve, that the their spouse would be allowed to live within the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Territory since the Indian Act states that Reserve Land" is for natives."

Now with the Residency By-Law having final approval, any Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band member sho marries a person other then another Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band member, the spouse who is not a Mississaugas of the New Credit Band member has one year to leave the reserve after the death of the Mississaugas of the New Credit spouse if there are no dependent children of the deceased living in the home with the non-band member.

If this Residency By-Law remains in effect it will cause unjust heartache for all families this pertains to and a great number of th Mississaugas of the First Nation band members.


We, the undersigned band members of the Mississaugs of the New Credit First Nation, Reserve 40A disagree with Chief & Council's final approval of the Residency By-Law which effects a great numbr of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band membes and feel it will cause unjust hartache for these families by not allowing the non-band member to reside on the reserve after the death of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band member spouse when there are no depende children of the deceased Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation band member living in the same residence as the surviving non-member spouse.

Therefore, we the undersigned bad members of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Reserve 40A demand that the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Chief and Council revoke the existing Residency By-Law immediately.

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