From: Theresa TaitDay
Date: Fri, May 1, 2020 at 11:32 AM
Subject: Fwd: WNCG Proposal.pdf. Wit”n MOU and governor model
Good day Chiefs, I just want to bring you up-to-date since our meeting with Minister Bennett in Ottawa March March 10 . 2020 and the video I shared from that meeting. At that time I was invited to Ottawa to speak on the pipeline and the governance issues as it pertains to our nation. I met with Minister Bennett for an hour and a half. At which time I informed her that we Wit”n did not have a formal governance structure in place that was inclusive of band council. I said we all have to decide on what kind of governance model we would agree to. ( Can we have a virtual meeting on this)
As you know the hereditary house chiefs HHC‘s have said Recently in a press release that we all agree on a governance model Using our feast system as a way to make decisions for our nation . We need to structure a government system that is inclusive and democratic in making decisions about major projects . Like the pipeline . ( The protesters are still there and do not agree with that HHC’s on this,) see molly post
I love our feast system but it is archaic and slow it does not include our nation in decision making. While there are clan meetings this is not adequate . Our feast systems belongs in respect to our beloved ones who have passed.
Chiefs, I asked minister this and she agreed.
1. Governance funding to set up formal governance strategy
• 2. No signing/negotiation of agreement without this formal governance structure in place
• To put the title and right aside until a governance model is
Attached is a governance structure that is inclusive of band chiefs and clans . For discussion .
Minister is expecting a proposal to work on governance by our nation. I would suggest a committee be struck by a band Chiefs and hereditary’s to work on governance. (
Do we agree on a governance model as a nation? The HHC say we do . I have not seen the MOU. Have u and has the Bands Had a chance to talk about this with their members?
For Your members who have not seen the MO U I would suggest you write a letter to minister Bennett on behalf of your members.
I am available to help out with this as I believe we must have a democratic system team of decision making.
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