'Here we go again': Protest planned over court-ordered election in Roseau River

'Here we go again': Protest planned over court-ordered election in Roseau River

A Manitoba First Nation band council that has only been in office for two days may be ousted after a new court-ordered election takes place Sunday.

Roseau River is an Anishinaabe community located about 90 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

It voted in a new chief and council Thursday as part of the band's custom electoral system. The self-governed band has run its own custom elections since 1991 and is not governed by election rules under the Indian Act.

But a federal judge sided with the past chief and council, which filed a judicial review challenging the 2017 election.

Federal Court Justice René LeBlanc ordered Burke Ratte, who has conducted band elections in other communities, replace the band's current electoral officer on Friday.

'We have our own system'

"It's kind of like here we go again," said Ken Henry Jr., who was voted in as councillor on Thursday. "It is a shame."​

Ratte said there will be police present during the election tomorrow and admitted he is concerned about safety.

He said he was "chased" off Roseau River on Thursday and has received threats since the court order came down.

"I just pray for safety because it didn't go very well Thursday."

Henry Jr. said many are planning to protest Sunday's election, which is taking place at the Niichi Oasis Gaming Centre from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. "We have our own system," he said.