Money and Power: Why a band council in B.C. wants to keep their extended family in exile

Federal Court case could allow dozens of people to become members of Peters First Nation, a small reserve in British Columbia. They are family of members of council.

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Ken is an award-winning investigative journalist with a decade of reporting experience who played a key role in breaking the Bruce Carson story on APTN in 2011 which led to an award from the Canadian Association of Journalists. Ken has worked out of APTN’s Ottawa bureau since October 2012.


13 thoughts on “Money and Power: Why a band council in B.C. wants to keep their extended family in exile

  1. you know, every RESERVE has this problem,but this is the only one MAKING NEWS. I can’t believe they are worried about MONEY .. they will get there just REWARD …

  2. you know, every RESERVE has this problem,but this is the only one MAKING NEWS. I can’t believe they are worried about MONEY .. they will get there just REWARD …

  3. Absolutely disgraceful Chief and Council!! Disgusting to treat your own people this way for your gain alone…get them all out of office period! Disgusted from BC!!

  4. Absolutely disgraceful Chief and Council!! Disgusting to treat your own people this way for your gain alone…get them all out of office period! Disgusted from BC!!

  5. Have to wonder when will this end!
    I have been waiting over a year for an answer to my request for membership! My sister never even received a reply to her application which she sent by registered mail last spring.
    I answered all questions at my interview was to learn of decision in 2 weeks when 2weeks came and then a month I called Victoria Peters who said they were still investigating me. .. they had my birth certificate status card # my father Joe Lorenzetto’s info and then needed more info as my Dad death certificate maybe picture of his grave! Which they could see if they stopped at graveyRd they drive past daily.
    At the time of my call the chief and council were involved in court case so that was latest excuse to busy!

    1. So, in over a year they never contacted you to tell you that you are “too old to apply”?

      And when you applied, they never told you not to bother?

      And you’ve waited (this time) for over a year to hear about this from the news rather than from the Chief and Council?

      To the Chief and Council of Peters First Nation: Carol Raymond is an Elder with undeniable ancestry tied directly to the Nation you presume to represent. You are a disgrace.

      Hang in there, Carol.

      It’s only a matter of time.

      1. Not a word , I had to contact them and now many months later still heard anything from them!
        As for the age to apply at 2 meetingnot a word about that having to applied to late .
        The funny thing is if that was the age I would have still been a member!!

      2. Since when does age has a play in who you are and where you come from??? If you come from a band of people naturally you are a member of that band, usually. Our Elders always said “Remember who you are and where you come from” this is wrong unless they know something more than they are claiming. It’s scary when your own people refuse you as their member, you have a right to be a member of a band you were born into, you are a natural member no adoption etc.

  6. Have to wonder when will this end!
    I have been waiting over a year for an answer to my request for membership! My sister never even received a reply to her application which she sent by registered mail last spring.
    I answered all questions at my interview was to learn of decision in 2 weeks when 2weeks came and then a month I called Victoria Peters who said they were still investigating me. .. they had my birth certificate status card # my father Joe Lorenzetto’s info and then needed more info as my Dad death certificate maybe picture of his grave! Which they could see if they stopped at graveyRd they drive past daily.
    At the time of my call the chief and council were involved in court case so that was latest excuse to busy!

    1. So, in over a year they never contacted you to tell you that you are “too old to apply”?

      And when you applied, they never told you not to bother?

      And you’ve waited (this time) for over a year to hear about this from the news rather than from the Chief and Council?

      To the Chief and Council of Peters First Nation: Carol Raymond is an Elder with undeniable ancestry tied directly to the Nation you presume to represent. You are a disgrace.

      Hang in there, Carol.

      It’s only a matter of time.

      1. Not a word , I had to contact them and now many months later still heard anything from them!
        As for the age to apply at 2 meetingnot a word about that having to applied to late .
        The funny thing is if that was the age I would have still been a member!!

      2. Since when does age has a play in who you are and where you come from??? If you come from a band of people naturally you are a member of that band, usually. Our Elders always said “Remember who you are and where you come from” this is wrong unless they know something more than they are claiming. It’s scary when your own people refuse you as their member, you have a right to be a member of a band you were born into, you are a natural member no adoption etc.

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