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Elder heartbroken as RCMP drops investigation into Keeseekoose First Nation



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Kenneth Jackson
APTN National News
Seraphine Straigthnose says moments before she got a call from the RCMP Thursday she had a feeling something wasn’t right.

Then the phone rang.

It was Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMP in Yorkton, Sask.

He told her the investigation was over.

“My heart sank to my feet,” said Straightnose, 71, crying over the phone. “To all of a sudden drop everything? He said there were no grounds.”

Straightnose and fellow elder Frances Musqua, 70, first met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided a large volume of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected to the band’s co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the band’s director of operations Chris Lafontaine.

Laurent opened a file and Straightnose said he told her it was going to be “a slow and long process.”

Laurent confirmed to APTN in early September the investigation was in the early stages and it would require a specialized audit of the band’s finances.

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Straightnose said she spoke to Laurent on Sept. 11 and he told her Chalupiak and Lafontaine requested to meet with the RCMP after they were contacted by APTN.

Straigtnose said she never heard from Laurent again until Thursday when he called.

She said she had been calling him for two weeks but never got a response.

“I’m so hurt,” said Straightnose, a former band councillor. “It’s just terrible.”

Multiple attempts to reach Laurent were unsuccessful but another person said they also spoke to Laurent Friday morning and said he confirmed to them there wasn’t enough evidence to proceed.

A letter signed by Laurent was then posted on Keeseekoose’s private Facebook page Friday.

“It was brought to the RCMP’s attention that there could have been some misuse of Band funds by Dynamic Management Solution, Ed Chalupiak and Chris Lafontaine. Our investigation into this matter is complete and we did not find any evidence to support these allegations,” wrote Laurent in the letter dated Sept. 27.

Straightnose questioned how the RCMP could have investigated her and Musqua’s complaint so quickly when they had provided the RCMP with several hundred financial documents and were never formally interviewed, nor were other parties that were willing to speak.

“A month, a month and half and it’s all over? It’s sick,” said Straightnose. “I guess that is what we are worth to them.”

Straightnose said Laurent suggested asking the band to pay for a forensic audit.

As for Musqua she said she’s not giving up.

“I feel so sorry and sad for my people,” said Musqua Friday. “I’m still going to keep trying.”

kjackson@aptn.ca

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5 Responses to “Elder heartbroken as RCMP drops investigation into Keeseekoose First Nation”

  1. Dtf2011@hotmail.ca'
    Tresh September 30, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

    I still don’t understand I am a Keeseekoose band member. How can Government Indian Affairs Regional office in Regina allow this
    Chalupiak/ Dynamic to be our Co Managers? When Chalupiak/ Dynamic has been Keeseekoose First Nation auditors since 1995. In 2015 the role switched to Co managers. Isn’t this a conflict of interest? If we have to live like this maybe it’s time to go third party. Unbelievable. It’s posted a throrough investigation. Wow I’m shocked with disbelief. KKFN # 367 concerned band member. In support of the Elders.

    • Marge_pruden35@hotmail.com'
      Marge September 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

      Make a petition with autographs from your members and ask to be put on thirds party management…remember, inac hires their own investigators. Their own co managers….they all work from the same building.

  2. grbrass49@gmail.com'
    conerned citizen September 30, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    I feel so sorry that the RCMP can not investigate.. no wonder the Bands can never seem to get ahead.. I once loaded my car with bags of garbage because there was no garbage disposal to pick it up. The young mom had it stashed in her basement so dogs wouldn’t rip the bags and scatter garbage around. The smell was so bad!! She had to bleach and scrub her basement to get the smell out.. It can get pretty bad when the system breaks down. I hope APTN will do their own investigation!!

  3. jdouglas370@gmail.com'
    ninigiwaydinnoong September 30, 2017 at 11:02 pm #

    Anti -Trust Law….. That is the basis for everything, the TRUSTEE (PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE), SUB-TRUSTEE (Indian Affairs) and the EXECUTOR (The CROWN) have been involved with thee many decades, nay… centuries…. Adolf Hitler said; “A lie, told loud enough and long enough becomes the truth. He, like the CROWN are all part of the MASONIC ORDER aka Illuminati. This is no conspiracy theory, it is a fact. Whether some choose to believe or disbelieve is up to them. Those who keep their eyes shut are usually the ones who can not believe that they have been living a lie A l l T h e i r L i v e s ? I was one of them till I stepped up and challenged.

  4. ron.escalade@sasktel.net'
    Poncho October 3, 2017 at 6:08 pm #

    Straight Talk
    I for one believe you when the third party managers, or co- managers are working for the bands, here they are hiring there own people to do the work or bringing products like gravel and construction material from people they know. Why do u think that is so? If I can see this why can’t the government agencies, grand councils, etc. we cannot sit there and watch this anymore, hire accountable people or companies that do proper work.