Alberta First Nation chief charged with sexual assault issues total media blackout

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The Alexander First Nation has issued a “complete and total media blackout” less than one week after Edmonton media outlets reported the First Nation’s chief was charged with sexual assault.

In a statement sent to Global News Thursday afternoon, the Alexander First Nation chief and council said the ban includes all forms of media.

“In light of recent media broadcasts, the Alexander First Nation is dealing with negative impacts as a result of these biased and uninformed statements,” the media release read.

“The impact is negative amongst our membership and we ask that you respect this decision of our people.”

Last Friday, RCMP announced Alexander First Nation Chief Kurt Burnstick was charged with one count of sexual assault. Morinville RCMP said the assault was allegedly committed against a woman the chief knows.

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Officers said the charge stemmed from an investigation that started in December 2015.

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The release, the Alexander First Nation said “failure to comply with this media blackout will be construed as trespassing and the authorities will be notified.”

The media blackout will remain in effect until further notice from Burnstick, according to the media release.

Alexander First Nation is about 40 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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