Listuguj, November 28, 2017- With the objective to restore balance within Council, the Listuguj Mi’gmaq Government have decided to move forward with an independent inquiry to resolve the issues related to the recent suspension of a council member for breach of the code of conduct.
Last week, LMG sent a letter inviting the Councillor who had been suspended to request an appeal and redress process as outlined in the Code of Conduct and conflict of interest for Chief & Council, or request an independent inquiry, where either options would also involve suspending the decision so that the Councillor could resume to her Council duties during the decision process.
In response, the Councillor proposed a third option which would be to use the restorative justice approach. The LMG was open to the proposition and committed to bring the idea to Council and during a Council meeting on November 27th, after weighing the pros and cons of each option; it was decided by consensus that the best approach to resolve the issue would be an independent inquiry.
The Council, including the concerned Councillor are all on board with this approach and hope to resolve this in a sensitive and effective way with the main objective to return to their Council roles and responsibilities and serve the community with a united and positive leadership force.
During this process, the LMG Council members are asked to exercise discretion with regards to this file, and will ensure that an update is presented to community members on the case at the appropriate time. Until then, Council will continue to turn its attention back on community files for the growth and empowerment of the community.
For more information please contact:
Chief Darcy Gray, firstname.lastname@example.org (418) 788-2136
Mike Isaac, Communications Manager, email@example.com (418) 788-2136
Jill Martin, Office of Chief and Council Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org (418) 788-2136