Esketemc First Nation
Appeal Board Ruling on the Mar.7, 2018 Council Election

The Appeal Board ruling was made after very careful consideration of the arguments made in the appeals and after looking at the records, the evidence and the Esketemc Custom Election Code itself. The decision made by the Appeal Board was difficult because of its seriousness, but in a sense was also easy to make because it was the only decision we could make, with the information we had.

The Appeal Board commends the Electoral Officer and Deputy Electoral for the excellent work they did throughout the election.

The problem that resulted in the decision was not a new problem for which any one person is to blame. It is a problem that has existed since Esk’etemc adopted the Election Code, but had not been addressed. The appeals along with the recommendations were presented to Council to ensure that these oversights do not occur again in the future Esk’etemc Band Council elections.

Above all else, difficult as this is, we hope it helps illustrate that we have a very good Code with the processes to ensure the integrity of our elections. Mistakes may happen – what is important is “can we identify them and correct them?” It is our belief that this exercise shows we can and will.

Appeal Board ruling: There was a breach of the Code regarding both providing and reporting of the criminal records. The Appeal Board believes the failure to provide and report criminal records could conceivably have affected the outcome of the election for both Chief and Councillor. The Appeal Board therefore determined it had no choice but to over-turn the results of the March 7, 2018 election and to order a new election for the positions of Chief and 3 councillors within 100 days. The existing Chief and Council remains in place until the new election.

Summary: The appeal was denied on 4 of the 5 counts, as there was either no breach of the Code or the breach (as in the appointment of the Appeal Board) could not have affected the election results. However, on the issue of the criminal record checks and the disclosure of those, it was found there was a breach of the Code and that breach could conceivably have affected the outcome of the election. A new election for both Chief and Council is therefore ordered.

Please direct your questions to:

         Patricia Chelsea, Managing Director at 250-440-5611 or

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Featuring stunning photographs & glimpses into rich Esk'etemc heritage, this photobook commemorates the historic event of May 8, 2017. On this day, the Esk'etemc of the Secwepemc nation declared title and rights over Esk'etemculucw, the traditional territory and lands inhabited by their ancestors for thousands of years. It was a day of celebration and ceremony for the community. All Photography by Casey Bennett.

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On Thursday, July 12th Esk'et had an Art Gala featuring the works of local artists- Leona B, Jahpa B, Jacinta S, Linda S, Annmarie J, and Olivia J who participated in a 1 week workshop with Clayton Gauthier. The artists were able to build on their knowledge and establish connections with other artists in the community. The art generated during the workshop was amazing and the Gala was inspiring.

Attendance at the Art Gala was great and the Artists felt so much support from the community. Thank you to everyone that was able to attend. For those that were not, we have decided to keep the art displayed for 1 week in the Esk'et Cafe.

The workshop and Art Gala were sponsored in part by the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society in Williams Lake.

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Esk’etemc is a Secwepemctsin speaking group.  Esk’etemc has 19 reserves situated on the Fraser River southwest of Williams Lake, with an approximate total area of 3,800 hectares.  Esk’etemc’s administrative offices and the majority of the population are located on IR #1 (Esk’et) about 50 kilometres from Williams Lake on the east side of the Fraser River at Alkali Lake.  The current Esk’etemc population is 809 members with 384 members on-reserve and 349 off-reserve.  Esk’et reserve has its own fire hall, store, gas station, radio station, and a facility from which Esk’etemc controls and administers health and justice programs.

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