Chief Ominayak and the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation provide the following statement respecting the continuing leadership of the Lubicon Lake Nation:
On July 19, 2012, Steve Noskey, Dwight Gladue, Alphonse Ominayak and Dwight Sawan directed a letter to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (link). Within this letter, the signatories acknowledged the rightful and continuing leadership of Chief Ominayak and directed notice of the same to Canada.
The government of the Lubicon Lake Nation, Chief Ominayak, Council and the Elders' Council, have continued to govern the Nation in all of its affairs since the acclamation and election of Chief and Council on June 25, 2009.
The Lubicon Lake Nation has maintained the position that the Lubicon Lake Nation citizens alone have the right to determine who their government is. However, the government of Canada has, since that date, refused to acknowledge the rightful government of the Lubicon Lake Nation, asserting that they did not know and could not adjudicate who was the rightful government.
The announcement by Noskey, Gladue, Ominayak and Sawan serves to acknowledge and reinforce the legitimacy of Chief Ominayak and the Lubicon Lake Nation Council, removing any impediment or rationale that the Government of Canada may have been utilizing in order not to work towards an Agreement with or as a rationale for not fulfilling its obligations to the Nation.
The issue Canada raised having been publicly resolved and announced, Chief Ominayak and the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation continue to work as accountable government and first point of contact for the Government of Canada.
The Nation and its leadership are mindful of Canada's outstanding obligations and remain fully committed to ensuring those obligations are met. In order to facilitate the same, the government of the Lubicon Lake Nation has directed correspondence to AANDC (link) notifying them of the legal responsibility to engage with the Nation's elected and chosen representatives.
For additional information, please contact:
Garrett Tomlinson – Communications
Lubicon Lake Nation
(780) 629-3945 Office
(780) 618-3794 Cell
(780) 629-3939 Fax