A Custom Election Law is a law that is made by Tsawout for Tsawout. It sets out how the top level of our Tsawout Government will be structured, how our leadership will be selected, how long they will hold their seats in office for, who will be eligible to hold leadership positions, and how those leaders will be accountable to the community.
A Custom Election Law is different from the Indian Act because it sets out clear expectations and procedures for how our leaders will govern us, and what will happen if they are unable or unwilling to fulfill their roles. It gives us the power as a community to make decisions about our leadership. Under the Indian Act, much of this power still lies with the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, who for the most part takes a hands off approach to helping us make sure our government is functioning how it should be.