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Federal government reviewing court’s decisions – Western Star

by ahnationtalk on September 17, 2015522 Views

September 17, 2015

A federal court’s rulings — that decisions made by the enrolment committee for the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band in rejecting two applications were unfair and unreasonable — are now under review by the federal government.

The Mi’kmaq First Nations Assembly of Newfoundland took the matter to court following the rejection of number of applicants because they had not signed their applications or had failed to include copies of their long-form birth certificates.

The review looked at two specific applications: one that hadn’t been signed, submitted by Alex Howse, and another from Sterling Foster that didn’t have a long-form birth certificate included.

The ruling means Howse’s and Foster’s applications will now be revived in the enrolment process. It could have a wider impact in that other applications rejected for the same reasons could also be looked at as part of the review process.

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