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Update from the Chief

Chief Alice Thompson

Family Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference (FAC-TOR): I am happy to say that we have inally come together to begin the necessary discussions on the Family Advisory concept. This item was discussed not only by community members over the past years but also was identiied by most if not all of the Council candidates prior to this year’s Council election. While this concept started in the late 90’s we have struggled to come to terms with what that would look like for our community. In terms of what our needs and direction are for 2009 I can see this concept having a very close connection to the necessary changes that we will need to make with our Election Regulations. The question we need to ask ourselves is how do we see having a larger Council being better for us when perhaps we are now thinking that a smaller council with a larger Family Advisory Committee would be a better it in 2009? Questions we need to ask ourselves if things are not working, why are they not working and how can we change this? We need to look at where we are, where we want to be and what it is we need to do that will get us there. The FAC-TOR, DRAFT #3 will be forwarded out to community in preparation for our follow up meeting. A date has yet to be identiied but in the meantime we need to take a serious look at how we vision this Family Advisory committee and Council working together. We need a good basis to continue on with this concept so that we can then identify where we need to amend the Election Regulations, all keeping in mind what our needs of today are and how this ties into our visions for the future. A number of items come into play with both the Family Advisory and the Council structures and we would need take a serious look and consider what the implications are with regards to inancing of these positions, how families identify their representation, keeping budgetary controls on positions that exist for Council and what that would look like with implementation of another structure if there is to be remuneration. Keep all of these things in mind when we come together for our next FAC-TOR meeting. I know that we all had some homework to do and I hope that we are prepared for some more candid and open discussions at the next meeting. Social Housing: Our irst quarterly meeting to speak speciically on Social Housing issues was held on April 29th 2009. Our next meeting has yet to be identiied. At that meeting we will be doing follow ups to the April 29th meeting as well as presenting to membership some recommendations with respect to some of the Project #3 units as well as seeking some discussion/direction on recommendations that we are proposing as Policy amendments with regards to Transfers and Wills. Our irst recommendation that we are seeking the support of membership is the 15 year minimum requirement (tenant has to have resided in and paid into a unit for a minimum of 15 years before they may be considered for having the house and land transferred to them at mortgage maturity). We also heard the message from

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009  
Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009  

Le'qa:mel First Nation Newsletter - August 2009

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