Roy Gould, Elected the youngest Indian Chief at age 21, resigns as Chief of the 250 residents of the Membertou Indian Reserve, Sydney.

The resignation submitted to Mr. H.S. MacNeil, stated that Mr. Gould’s resignation is effective June 31, 1971. The youngest Chief felt that he could not devote the time required in order to run an efficient office for the people of Membertou. He expressed thanks to the Indian Affairs Department and the people of Membertou for the kind co-operation extended to him and the Council.

Chief Gould held the position as Chief for the past three years. He was re-elected Chief June 1970 for the second term. The Bi-Elections for Membertou are scheduled to be held July 14th, 1971.

This photo taken around 1908 shows Indian people who attended the open house. Open houses in those days were celebrated by relatives and friends of the builder of the house. This was before Indian affairs deci9ded to financially assist Indian people. Left to right: John Cope, Truro, N.S., Noel Toney, P.E.I., Steven Cabot, Whycocomagh, Matthew Francis, Pictou Landing, Mr. Christopher Morris, Eskasoni, Mrs. Christopher Morris, Eskasoni, Peter Morris, Eskasoni, Mrs. Joseph Marshall, Kings Road, Sydney, Mary Jane Morris, Eskasoni, Front Row: Charles Morris, Eskasoni, Noel Morris, Eskasoni, Steven Morris, Eskasoni, Mary Ann Morris, Eskasoni. Photo submitted by Matthew Morris, Eskasoni.

The City of Sydney Standing Committee at the recent meeting was told that the services provided to the residents of Membertou were not satisfactory.

To date no street lights have been put up, no street maintenance given, delay on a $15,000.00 capital project, and poor Policing services. The committee under the chairmanship of Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer reviewed the items to some extend as was prepared to bring these to the attention to the City’s Department Heads.

The meeting was called by Chief Roy Gould as a result of a recent Band Meeting held at Membertou and the dissatisfaction expressed by the residents of the Membertou Reserve.

In attendance at the meeting were: Chief Roy Gould, Councilors Donnie Marshall, John Ginnish, Education Committee members and the Band staff. On behalf of the City of Sydney, Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer, Alderman James Lovelace, Elizabeth Vaughan and Vince MacNeil attended the meeting.

Barry Moore is the newly appointed Band Manager at Membertou, a combination of welfare officer and band Manager. The Membertou Band is the second community to take over self government in the Cape Breton area. Eskasoni took over their own programs last year with a full time staff of four persons. On right is Barry Moore, left is Joan Matthews.

Margaret Marshall, Membertou gives a quick smile to our photographer on the day of 86th birthday, January 23rd. Friends, neighbors, and guests turned out for this happy occasion ladened with goodies to help out the celebration. Mrs. Marshall has tow of her children left, Donald and Simon at home, (out of twelve) along with 18 grandchildren and