Sebert gets mixed review
from Leaders in Thebacha

Salt River First Nation Chief Freida Martselos, Smith's Landing First Nation councillor Agnes Cheezie, Justice Minister Louis Sebert, Craig Browne with CAB Construction and Fort Smith Mayor Lynn Buckley break ground for the new women’s unit of the Fort Smith Correctional Complex. (N.W.T. Dept. of Justice)

Leaders in Fort Smith have differing views on Louis Sebert’s performance as MLA and Minister.
Salt River First Nation Chief Frieda Martselos says Sebert is doing a great job.
“I think Louis has not been judged fairly. I think it’s certainly not about his performance, he’s performing way beyond expectations for the people of Salt River, our members and council. I know he’s doing his job and I’m very grateful Louis is our MLA and our minister,” Martselos told CKLB on Wednesday.

But Fort Smith Metis Council President Ken Hudson agrees with the 18th Assembly’s vote of Non-confidence.
“It’s actually not surprising that he got that kind of review in the Assembly, because he’s not a people person. You know he hardly talks to people locally, I suppose he talks to those who supported him in the election, but seldom do I get a call from him for an update on the community and what he could do for the Metis.”

Hudson had a closer working relationship with former Thebacha MLA Michael Miltenberger, while Martselos called Sebert’s election “a breath of fresh air.”
Mayor Lynn Napier-Buckley is on personal leave, and had no comment on the matter.
“All we know for sure is that Minister Sebert received at least ten votes of non-confidence, and at least one more than any other Minister. To the public, however, the results paint a skewed, unclear picture of how the Assembly views each Minister’s performance,” wrote Hay River North MLA RJ Simpson on his website this past Wednesday.
The Legislative Assembly reconvenes next Tuesday.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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