Support on and off-reserve members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen Indian Tribe no.258 in raising legal funds to file a lawsuit against their band government for breach of fiduciary duty.
The Ojibway Nation of Saugeen Indian Tribe no.258 was one of the last reserves created in Canada, in 1979. The chief has been in power since then.
For 38 years the federal and band government have denied basic material support for housing, medical care, education and funds owed to on and off-reserve band members. Despite funds coming to the band through INAC owed to all band members, and external revenues amounting to millions of dollars, the people are denied these basic resources and services.
The result is life-threatening conditions of homelessness and poverty for off-reserve members.
For the past decade, members have been demanding what they are rightfully owed. Both the federal and band government refused to respond.
In May 2016, 7 clanmothers were put forward by band members to dehorn and remove chief and council from power.
Under the direction of the clanmothers, on and off reserve members are filing a lawsuit against the band government for breach of fiduciary duties.
Many cases have confirmed that band councils legally owe a fiduciary duty to their members...To use band moneys or resources to benefit a councillor’s relative or deny distributions to certain members or families clearly breaches the duty of loyalty and trust to which the band and its members are entitled. – Rich and Hume. 2011. Band Councils, Band Moneys and Fiduciary Duties
Support grassroots members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen Indian Tribe No.258 as they seek justice and demand what they are rightfully owed.
$20,000 is needed for legal services to file an action for breach of fiduciary duty.
The sooner the funds come in, the sooner members can take this action. Thank you.
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*Stay tuned for a video with latest updates partway through the campaign*