Some Crees may have been irritated by the lack of response from the Cree/Naskapi Commission these days.
Since Judge Rejean Paul temporarily stepped down as the commission’s chairman, there have been no commissioners to hear complaints or fulfill its mandates.
But there’s some good news as the Crees and Naskapi have held a recent meeting to discuss the commission. Leaders have agreed on three appointments. They are recommending that Philip Awashish and Robert Kanatewat be appointed commissioners. As well they recommended that Richard Saunders, a former commissioner from 1986-1990, be appointed as the interim chairman.
The Cree/Naskapi Commission is responsible for ensuring that the Cree and Naskapi governments govern themselves accordingly. It is now up to the feds to appoint the commissioners.