Replacement Appointed For Embattled MNS Official

Friday, November 04, 2005 at 15:50



Metis Nation of Saskatchewan Western Region II has appointed an interim replacement for former area director Henry Cummings.


Saskatoon-based Metis local president Penny Hurton was chosen to replace Cummings in a vote held by a majority of the region’s local presidents last week.


Cummings is one of the nine people facing charges in connection to last year’s MNS election.


MNS president Dwayne Roth indicated this summer that Cummings was asked to take a leave of absence after the charge was announced.


Hurton says she doesn’t know if the move will receive the blessing of the MNS executive or Senate, but she maintains the vote to replace Cummings was in accordance with the MNS Constitution that Metis leaders have been so vocal about upholding.


Hurton says one of her immediate goals is to get a local METSI office out of trusteeship. She was one of several protesters that convinced the HRDC to put the building under trusteeship about a year ago, over concerns about the treatment of staff by an MNS official.