Residency Requirements for NLG Officer Positions

The Nisga’a Elections Office would like to ensure that all potential candidates are aware of the requirement for Officers to reside in Nisga’a Lands during their term of office.  While a Nisga’a citizen does not have to reside on Nisga’a Lands in order to be a candidate for the office of an Officer, if they are elected they must relocate to Nisga’a Lands prior to taking their oath of office and continue to reside on Nisga’a Lands during their term of office.

 

The Nisga’a Elections Office will therefore require any Nisga’a citizen nominated for the office of an Officer who currently resides outside of Nisga’a Lands to provide our office with a letter stating their intention to relocate to Nisga’a Lands if elected.

 

The following provisions of the Constitution of the Nisga’a Nation and the Nisga’a Elections Act should be reviewed by all nominees. The full text of each Act is available on the Nisga’a Nation website at www.nisgaanation.ca

 

The Constitution of the Nisga’a Nation

Section 38(4)

“Officers of Nisga’a Lisims Government”

Officers of Nisga’a Lisims Government must ordinarily reside in Nisga’a Lands during their terms of office, and an individual ceases to be an Officer of Nisga’a Lisims Government if they cease to ordinarily reside in Nisga’a Lands.

 

Nisga’a Elections Act.

Section 15(3)

“Qualifications to stand for office

For certainty, a person is not disqualified from standing for the office of an Officer of Nisga’a Lisims Government in an election merely because that person does not ordinarily reside within Nisga’a Lands on or after the date of the nomination meeting at which they are nominated.

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