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Citizenship Code Questions

Citizenship Code Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the Citizenship Code needed?

The Code is needed in order to deal with Bill S-3 that passed by Canada to end sex-based discrimination against First Nations women and their children. This could lead to thousands of potential new Band Members and Citizens affecting our ability to provide sustained programs and services. For this reason, the proposed Code would allow Six Nations to control who can become a Citizen of its Territory based on its own criteria, without any interference from the Government of Canada.

  • What exactly is a Citizenship Code?

A Citizenship Code is a legally binding document whereby a First Nation, can decide its own Citizenship instead of having it dictated by the Government of Canada. In the case of Six Nations, the Code’s purpose it to mitigate the effects that the Indian Act Amendment (Bill S-3) will have on its community and members, while at the same time protecting the values, priorities and culture of our people.

  • When will the Citizenship Code come into force?

Should the eligible voters approve the proposed Citizenship Code, the Code will come into force immediately on the Effective Date, which is June 1st, 2019.

  • When and where will voting take place?

In person voting will take place on two separate occasions. The first being held on May 25th at the Six Nations Community Hall 1738B 4th Line, Ohsweken. The second and final vote will be held on June 1st, located at the Six Nations Tourism Boardroom 2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken. Electronic voting will be available around the clock, starting May 1st until June 1st – Members can visit https://onefeather.ca/nations/sixnations to register to vote electronically, and must have access to Wi-Fi, their status card registry number, and a working email address to vote online.

  • Who is eligible to vote?

All current Six Nations Band Members who are at least 18 years of age are eligible to vote, whether in person or online. Only one vote per eligible voter is permitted.

  • Will current Band Members be affected by Citizenship Code?

All current Band Member’s Citizenship rights are protected under the new Code. No current Band Members can lose their Citizenship. The only bearing that the Citizenship Code will have on current Citizens is that there may be new Citizenship cards issued to go along with the current Status Cards that Members have.

  • Can I still get a Status Card?

Regardless as to whether you are eligible to apply for Six Nations Citizenship or not, any person who is eligible under Bill S-3, may still apply for a federal Status Card.

  • What is the cutoff date for those with and without Acquired Rights?

The cutoff date for new applicants with Acquired Rights will be 1951. This means that any applicant who can prove any Six Nations ancestry from 1951 and onward may apply to become Citizens of Six Nations. Any candidates applying with ancestry prior to the said date back to 1869 will need to prove at least 50% Six Nations blood quantum in order to become a successful applicant under the new Code.

  • What is the role of OneFeather in this process?

OneFeather is a First Nations based management and voting services company that delivers technology and engagements solutions to First Nations communities throughout Canada. They have been hired by the Six Nations Elected Council to ensure all members have every opportunity to acquire the information and background necessary to make an informed decision when the Proposed Citizenship Code Referendum begins, with key components revolving around the management of the ratification/vote itself.  To learn more about OneFeather visit https://onefeather.ca/

  • How does Electronic Voting Work?

Band Members who wish to cast their vote using the online method, will need their status card registry number, a valid email address and an internet connection.  The OneFeather platform accommodates all platforms and devices – you can vote safely and securely from your smart phone, tablet or computer. Members can visit https://onefeather.ca/nations/sixnations to register to vote. Once there, Members can simply follow the instructions provided to vote successfully. The whole process should take only a few minutes.

  • What if I need help with electronic voting?

No problem. Call 226-934-8985 between 9:00 and 5:00, and you can receive assistance from Kaleb, Lawrence, Nicole, or Drew locally.

  • What if I don’t receive my PIN?

Emails confirming PINs may be sent by your email browser to your “Spam” or “Trash” folder; check there for mail from “OneFeather” before calling.

  • How will Community Members living off Six Nations be able to participate in the voting process?

Community Members who live off of the Territory will be able to participate in the vote by registering for online voting and vote anytime up until the closing date, or they can visit one of the polling stations located on Territory during the two vote dates that are scheduled (May 25th and June 1st 2019).

  • Could a OneFeather representative visit our office / business to explain the Code and vote?

Absolutely. Call 226-934-8985 to arrange a visit to explain the issue and the voting process during the work day. OneFeather staff would be happy to meet with Six Nations members anywhere that is convenient to explain the Code and the voting process.

  • Can information sessions be scheduled off Six Nations?

Yes, if the requested location is within reasonable driving distance from the Territory, OneFeather would be happy to accommodate members wanting to know more about the Code and voting.  Information sessions are being scheduled at the First Nation (Native) Friendship Centres in the surrounding areas.  To schedule an information session or about when and where information sessions are being scheduled, you can reach OneFeather by contacting Kaleb Hess via phone at (226)-934-8985 or by email at kaleb@onefeather.ca

 

 

 

 

 

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May 3rd, 2019

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