Chief Says Court Order Justified

Monday, August 23, 2004 at 15:18



The chief of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation is defending the decision to use a court order to end a protest in Pelican Narrows.


A week-long sit-in at the band office in the community came to an end Saturday morning, a day after a judge issued a court order for them to leave the building.


Chief Ron Michel says after a week of being shut down, the band’s Pelican Narrows headquarters had to be re-opened.


Michel also says his decision was influenced by the protesters’ attempts to issue cheques to band members using band cheque-writers.