Result of Appeal of Declaration of Vacancy
This notice is posted pursuant to section 11.18 of the Gitxaala Nation Custom Election Code (the “Code”).
On May 29, 2018 the Gitxaala Nation Elected Governing Council (“Governing Council”) unanimously passed a motion declaring Mr. Riley Caputo’s position on Governing Council vacant on the basis that he was “in violation of his oath of office and zero tolerance relating to Gitxaala Liquor Control Bylaw.”
Mr. Caputo appealed the Governing Council’s decision pursuant to section 4.15 of the Code and an Independent Arbitrator was designated to hear Mr. Caputo’s appeal. A hearing took place in Prince Rupert on August 9 and 10, 2018 in front of the Independent Arbitrator.
On August 31, 2018 the Independent Arbitrator released her reasons for decision. The Independent Arbitrator dismissed Mr. Caputo’s appeal and confirmed the Governing Council’s unanimous motion declaring Mr. Caputo’s position on the Governing Council vacant.