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Makwa Sahgaiehcan man feels 'betrayed' after losing job for speaking out on vote-buying


A resident of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation in Saskatchewan who spoke out about vote-buying has lost his job at the community's school for helping reporters, in what the school says is a breach of its policy.

Leon Weeseekase publicly called for an end to what he said is a practice of exchanging money for votes at band council elections on his reserve.

"I kind of feel betrayed," he said. "I tried to help the community somehow, speaking out about alcohol and drugs and vote-buying, saying that it's not right. They tell me that I can't talk about that subject because it's going to hurt our community, when our community is already hurt."


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