Councillor Cardinal charged with assault following alleged May 2021 incident

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Councillor Kendrick Cardinal has been charged with assault following an alleged incident in Fort Chipewyan last May.

Wood Buffalo RCMP confirmed a man reported on May 7 that he was assaulted by Cardinal. Cardinal was charged with one count of assault on May 14 by Fort Chipewyan RCMP. The allegations have not been proven in court.

Cardinal and his lawyer, Simon Akumchi with the Fort McMurray-based Sachi Law, declined to comment for this article. Municipal spokesperson Megan Langpap said administration did not know about the charges until the Today reached out for comment.

"As a personal matter and a matter that may ultimately be before the courts, the municipality cannot comment further," she wrote in an email.

Cardinal was elected as one of two Ward 2 councillors during September's municipal election. The ward covers Fort Fitzgerald, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McKay. He was elected on a campaign that included lobbying for better recycling services, food sustainability, community development, and lobbying the province for better rural health care.

Cardinal has been president of the Fort Chipewyan Métis Association for roughly a year and was recently reelected to the position. He was a past vice president and board member of the organization.

The Municipal Government Act states an elected member of council can only be kicked off council if they are convicted and sentenced to at least five years imprisonment. A member of council can also be removed if they are found guilty of municipal corruption, or of influencing a municipal office or an appointment to office.

Cardinal is scheduled to make a plea in Fort Chipewyan provincial court on March 3. This is the same month the trial for former councillor Jeff Peddle, who has been charged with voyeurism, is scheduled to begin in Fort McMurray provincial court.

Jenna Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Fort McMurray Today

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