Members of the Nahanni Butte Dene Band gathered on Saturday to discuss their future with the Dehcho First Nations.
Former Chief Mike Matou says last week’s comments from Chief Peter Marcelais about pulling away from the Dehcho startled the community.
“This is kinda a big surprise for me especially as a councillor because I haven’t heard any discussions about actually leaving the Dehcho Process,” Matou told CKLB on Friday.
Chief Marcellais announced his intentions to leave the Dehcho Process at last week’s Dene Leadership meeting in Colville Lake.
Marcellais wasn’t available for comment on Friday.
UPDATE: According to the band’s lawyer, Garth Wallbridge, Matou has not yet be sworn in as a member of council.