APTN National News
Aboriginal Affairs has fired the chief of Esgenoopetitj and three of its councillors.
The decision was made after an investigation into corrupt practices during the band’s last election.
An order from Minister of Aboriginal Affairs John Duncan also bans Chief Joseph Dedam, councillors Irene Dedam and Ronald Somerville from participating in elections for two years.
Coun. Joseph Dean Barnaby was also fired and is banned for four years.
Esgenoopetitj resident Curtis Bartibougue, who lost a bid for chief in the last election, asked the RCMP and the department to investigate. He spoke to APTN National News.