Conflict of interest, or interest in conflict?

Six Nations Elected Council (SNEC) has found itself mired in a question of when is a conflict a conflict and when is it just a cultural clitch. Indigenous governments created under Canada’s Indian Act or Indian Act Band administrations were, firstly, never established to serve Indigenous Nations. They were created to serve the interests of Canada. As a result the entire issue of what is a conflict of interest and what isn’t has never been explored in a cultural context and frankly in a small community where everyone is related to some one. It has become a nagging point with the current band council simply because you have a small group of newbies who have never had to deal with the issue in the context of being part of a…

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