The office of chief and council of the Siksika Nation has banished a non-member living in the First Nation in southern Alberta who has been charged with child sex offences against two children from the reserve.
A press release issued today, Feb. 10, reports that a band council resolution was issued on Feb. 8 to banish the person “without delay and effective immediately.”
The person has resided on the Siksika Nation for an extended period of time and on Feb. 5 was charged with sexual assault (times two) sexual interference, sexual exploitation of a young person, invitations to sexual touching, child pornography, forcible confinements, assault and uttering threats, the release states.
RCMP have been given direction to enforce this banishment. The person is not allowed on the reserve, though still obligated to appear in Siksika Provincial Court on Feb. 21.
The main priority of leadership is to protect the victims and their families. The name of the accused, 58, is not to be released.
“Our prayers are with the family, and on-reserves services will be utilized to help these victims heal,” reads the statement.