PBCN TLE Protest Greeted With Apathy

Tuesday, June 28, 2005 at 15:03



A woman is vowing to continue her protest at the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation headquarters in Prince Albert, despite relative indifference.


Lillian Morin has been living inside a tent outside Cottage 13 at the PBCN’s urban reserve in the city since last Monday.


She says, so far, she hasn’t received very much public support, but adds that won’t stop her from protesting the band’s current TLE situation.


About $3.7 million was drained from a TLE trust account in the four months prior to this spring’s PBCN chief and council election.


Band officials have acknowledged most of that spending was not authorized by PBCN’s TLE trustees.


Among other things, Morin is calling for a forensic audit of the band’s books by an outside party.


She also wants to see the people who were involved in the spending of the TLE money to step back from their official duties until an audit is complete.