RCMP Reportedly Looking At MNS Affiliates

Friday, March 31, 2006 at 14:36



It appears the RCMP’s recent investigation of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan has not been limited to the disputed 2004 MNS election.


According to minutes of a recent meeting of the MNS Senate, the RCMP’s Commercial Crimes section has been investigating MNS affiliates.


The affiliates mentioned in the minutes include the Gabriel Dumont Institute, the Metis Addictions Council of Saskatchewan, Metis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan and the “Metis cultural and recreation offices”.


The minutes say the investigations are ongoing, but the implications are unknown.


But MNS president Dwayne Roth says he’s not aware of any current RCMP probe of MNS affiliates.


It’s RCMP policy not to comment on ongoing investigations.


Last year, the Mounties charged nine people with forgery-related charges in connection to the Metis election.


One of them has already pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in April. Two of the other suspects are former high-ranking MNS officials.


An RCMP spokesperson says it remains a possibility that more charges will be coming.