Results of the Election Code Referendum

A community referendum was held for the proposed Sandy Lake First Nation Election Code on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The Election Committee is pleased to present the following results:


Total number of votes cast: 413

Total number of spoiled ballots: 2

Total number of votes for YES: 372

Total Number of votes for No: 39


The percentage required for the election code to pass is 50% plus 1 (one) of the total number of votes cast. The election code, therefore, has gained 72.5% of those who voted in the referendum.


The Sandy Lake First Nation Election Code as outlined and ratified by the community was presented to the Chief and Council on Thursday, January 16, 2014 for official adoption and signing ceremony.


The Election Committee acknowledges the trust that the leadership placed on the committee to do this important piece of work on community governance.


The Election Committee would like to thank all those people who provided guidance, input, and wisdom throughout the community process. It was an honour to work with the people of Sandy Lake and the leadership during this undertaking.


In keeping with the teachings of our elders, we placed God, the Creator, at all times during our work.


Thank you.


Referendum Notice & Final Draft of Election Code



 Copies of the final draft of the Election Code are now available:

      • Sandy Lake website
      • The Band Office
      • Education Office
      • Corporation
      • Nursing Station
      • Election Committee members: 
        • Donna Fiddler: home 774-6286 or work 774-5262; 
        • Maurice Fiddler: home 774-4220 or work 774-3421; 
        • Marcel Linklater: home 774- 3357; 
        • Gary Manoakeesic: work 774-1216;
        • William Meekis: home 774-6526 or cell 774-1224-212-5863

There will be a REFERENDUM on the Election Code. Is this what we want – Yes or No. 

Date:              Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Time:             9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m

Location:       Band Office 

It is very important and strongly encouraged that all people 18 years of age and over participate. Come and VOTE.

Click here to view the Final Draft of the Election Code. 

Community Consultations Happening Now


When: Tuesday, November 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: Youth Centre

There will be a Youth Focus Group meeting to discuss and hear comments, suggestions and other input regarding the draft Election Code.

Youth between ages 18-29 years are invited to drop by between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. for a chat and munchies.

We want to hear from you.



When: This evening - Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Corporation Building (use side door)

The Election Committee members will be on hand to greet you and take your comments, suggestions, and other input regarding the draft election code.
Drop by between 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. for a chat and munchies. We want to hear from you.



There will be a phone-in radio show to discuss the Election Code on Monday, October 28 starting at 7:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time).

Band members (on and off-reserve) are encouraged to phone in with comments, questions, suggestions and overall input regarding the Election Code.

The telephone numbers for the Radio Station are:

(807) 774-3191 or toll-free 1-888-808-8258 

To view the DRAFT Election Code, please click here.

Election Code Announcement

Sandy Lake First Nation Governance Election Code Development
October 2013 


This year, Sandy Lake First Nation is developing a Band Custom Election Code. The Election Code will outline how general elections will be conducted. The Election Code will be completed in the fall of 2013 and will be used for the next general election in March 2014 and thereafter.

The draft of the Election Code is now available to the community for review. Copies are available: 

Sandy Lake electors are invited to participate and be involved through a community consultation process.

In the coming weeks, there will be community discussions on the draft Election Code. This will be done through the radio, at least one community meeting, and the Sandy Lake website. You are being asked for your comments, ideas and suggestions regarding the draft Election Code.

You can also submit your input through: 

    • Leaving a Facebook comment on this website (click here)   
    • A suggestion box at the Band Office
    • A telephone call to any of the contact people listed below
    • An email to any of the contact people listed below
    • A letter delivered to any of the contact people listed below

The Election Committee will provide regular information and updates regarding the progress of this project through the Sandy Lake website and other means.

Contact People

Councillor Liaison: Allan Rae

      ·       807-774-1010 (home)

      ·       807-774-3421 (work)

Coordinator: Ennis Fiddler


      ·       807-774-4553

Election Committee Members:

1. Donna Fiddler 


·      807-774-6286 (home)

·      807-774-5262 (work)

2. Maurice Fiddler 


·      807-774-4220 (home)

·      807-774-3421 (work)

3. Marcel Linklater


·      807-774-3357 (home)

4. Gary Manoakeesic


      ·      807-774-3390(home)

      ·      807-774-1216 (work)

 5. William Meekis

·      807-774-6526 (home)

·      807-774-1591-212-5863 (cellphone)