Our Matrimonial Real Property Law was passed by Referendum and is now in the Court in Pembroke. This Law will be used if an agreement cannot be reached between spouses, upon the death of a member spouse and in a divorce proceeding. This law only deals with the Matrimonial Home and how it will be dealt with in the situations described above.
We have our own Residency Law. Anyone wishing to move into Pikwakanagan must obtain permission by completing the application. Even a member must apply. If you are a non-member you must supply a Police Information Record and meet the criteria outlined in the law.
When a person is successful in being registered under the Indian Act and obtains a registration number, it is determined by Indian Affairs what First Nation that person is affiliated with. In order to become a member, they must apply by completing the application for themselves or for their child. They must also provide a family tree indicating where the Algonquin lineage is, proof of registration, and adults must provide a Police Information Record (does not have to be a vulnerable sector check). We determine membership in accordance with our Membership Code.
Our Code has been existence since 1999. We have the right to determine how our Elections for Council are conducted. Our Code is presently under review and we are starting the process to have it amended to make the intent clearer and to ensure our Rules of Procedures do not conflict with our Code. Consultation will take place soon then a Referendum will be called.