After a number of back and forth emails, the Saskatoon Police Service has confirmed that it is investigating an individual – or individuals – at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) but the focus of the investigation is not known.
The information was confirmed in an email response to questions posed to police by APTN News starting Wednesday night.
“I can tell you that the Saskatoon Police Service is investigating an allegation which was reported to us, but as it is a file that is still being investigated, we will not be commenting further,” said Kelsie Fraser, senior public affairs consultant for Saskatoon Police Service.
But on Thursday Fraser contacted APTN to clarify her original statement.
“I need to clarify that it is not the FSIN that is under investigation, but an individual(s),” Fraser said.
The news caps a strange period at the FSIN where an election is currently underway for a new chief, first vice-chief and third vice-chief on Oct. 25.
On Monday Sept. 24, police were called to FSIN headquarters because of a disturbance.
No charges were laid.
When informed late Wednesday night that the police were investigating the FSIN, APTN was sent a short statement.
The FSIN executive “Has become aware of a report of an alleged police investigation against the organization from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” the statement said.
“The FSIN has retained legal counsel to address these false allegations. The FSIN also cannot comment further on any matters pertaining to issues that are now under litigation.”
No one at the FSIN has spoken to APTN after this correspondence.
Last Friday, the FSIN had a similar response when contact by APTN about a different story.
“We want to clarify and confirm that the FSIN is not under criminal investigation and business continues as usual,” Vice Chief David Pratt said in a statement.
Incumbent FSIN chief Bobby Cameron is seeking another three-year term.
The FSIN says “until the election on October 25th and the position of Chief is filled, no Interim Chief will be appointed at this time. The administration will continue under the Executive Operating Officer, Dawn Walker.”