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RE: 1906 Surrender Claim – General Information

Over the next couple of months your leadership and the band staff assisting with the Ratification Meetings will be busy preparing and updating information for the citizens of Pasqua.

Date: September 17, 2018

To: Pasqua First Nation Citizens

Fr: Pasqua Chief & Council

RE: 1906 Surrender Claim – General Information

Dear Pasqua Citizens,

Over the next couple of months your leadership and the band staff assisting with the Ratification Meetings will be busy preparing and updating information for the citizens of Pasqua. There are some important matters to advise the Citizens of:

  1. The Notice of Referendum Vote will be posted September 17th, 2018 and information packages will be immediately mailed out to those Pasqua Citizens resident off-reserve. Those individuals living on-reserve will receive the information only and not the mail-in ballot.
  2. Citizens attending the ratification meetings are encourages to bring their information packages and BALLOTS. The Electoral and Deputy Electoral Officers will be accepting ballots at the various ratification meetings and will assist members if there are any questions on completing the ballots. If members are unsure on how to complete their ballots please come to the meetings and the Deputy Electoral Officers will assist you. They will also have ballots at the meetings in the event that citizens have not received their packages or misplaced their ballots. For those citizens mailing in their ballots please mail your ballots by October 19th in order to ensure the Electoral Officer receives it by October 29th. We will provide a one-time travel assistance payment to the Pasqua Citizens who attend the ratification meetings.
  3. The Referendum Vote will take place at Chief Ben Pasqua Memorial Hall on October 29th, 2018, polls will open at 9:00am until 8:00pm. Ballots will be counted immediately after the polls close. For those who choose to attend the counting of ballots, a late meal will be served.
  4. On October 30th, 2018, beginning at 3:00pm, Pasqua Leadership and band staff will host a gathering to recognize those Elders, leaders, researchers and legal counsel involved with the 1906 Specific Claim all Citizens are invited to this celebration. To end the evening of October 30th events a spectacular fireworks show has been planned.
  5. In the event of a successful outcome, we are asking Pasqua Citizens to prepare to receive a compensation payment.
  6. Should there be enough interest, Peace Hills will come to Pasqua to assist members with setting up band accounts.
  7. Peace Hills has advised that they will not cash the full amount of the compensation cheque.
  8. Peace Hills trust will not cash cheque to those members who do not have an account with Peace Hills Trust or I.D.

We will continue to provide information as we proceed with the ratification process. If you have any questions or do not receive your package please contact the Band Office and speak with one of the Ratification Team Members. Thank you.

Respectfully,
Pasqua First Nation Chief & Council
Chief Matthew T. Peigan

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