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COUNCIL OF ELDERS TERMS OF REFERENCE
- The Council of Elders is established by Chief and Council in
order to bridge the past and the present of the Opaskwayak
Cree Nation. The Opaskwayak Cree Nation wants to retain and
gain from the spiritual guidance, sage advice, life and work
experience of the Elders of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation by
appointing them to the Council of Elders.
- To qualify as an Elder, a person must be acknowledged as:
and there shall be no minimum age to be eligible to be a
member of the Council of Elders.
- an Opaskwayak Cree Nation member;
- having had an exemplary lifestyle;
- a spiritual leader;
- a community leader;
APPOINTMENT OF ELDERS
- There will be six members on the Council of Elders.
Whenever there is a vacancy on the Council of Elders,
Opaskwayak Cree Nation members shall nominate members who
qualify as Elders to fill the vacancy. The Chief and
Council will then determine who shall fill the vacancy from
among the qualifying nominees. Chief and Council shall, in
making this determination, take into account the following
and shall appoint the nominee whose appointment will result
in the most equitable representation on the Council of
Elders of persons from the various family groupings and
geographical locations on reserve, and of both genders.
- the family groups of the nominees;
- the geographical location of the residences of the
- nominees; and,
- the gender of the nominees;
DUTIES OF ELDERS
- The Council of Elders are encouraged to attend all regular
Opaskwayak Cree Nation Council meetings. The Elders will
appoint themselves to the various Committees and Boards of
the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. There will be two Elders on
- The Elders will meet by themselves at least twice in a
calendar year to acquaint themselves with their roles and
with Chief and Council and the various Committees/Boards,
and to assign each other to the various Committees/Boards.
- The duties of the Council of Elders will include the
- Attend Regular and Special Opaskwayak Cree Nation
- Attend respective Committee/Board meetings.
- Attend all Community Meetings that are called by Chief
- Open and close Opaskwayak Cree Nation Council and
Committee/Board meetings with a prayer.
- Help Council and Committees/Boards in spiritual
- Relate to and help Council and Committees/Boards in
matters of Opaskwayak Cree Nation interest.
- The Elders will have no voting privileges at Council,
Committee or Board meetings. Elders are encouraged to
participate in all matters which are brought before the
Council, Committee or Board for decision.
- Elders who attend Opaskwayak Cree Nation meetings and who
are suspected of being under the influence of intoxicants or
illicit drugs will be asked to leave the meeting.
- The Chairperson of a Committee or Board is responsible for
informing the Elders of his/her Committee's/Board's upcoming
- The Elders will be charged with the responsibility of making
recommendations to Council on retaining, reintroducing, and
reviving traditional practice to Opaskwayak Cree Nation
(a) "Appointee" shall mean an appointee of any Committee or
(b) "Band Council Resolution" shall mean a resolution
passed by the consent of a majority of the Chief
and Council at a duly convened Council meeting
where a quorum of Chief and Council is present;
(c) “CCommittees and Boards" shall mean all Opaskwayak Cree
Nation entities appointed by Chief and Council,
whether incorporated or not;
(d) "Council" shall mean Chief and Council of the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation;
(e) "Council of Elders" shall mean the group of Elders
appointed by Chief and Council to provide them
with advice and spiritual guidance;
(f) "Councilor" shall mean a Chief or Councilor of the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation;
(g) "Relative" shall mean:
(h) "Serious Offence" shall mean an offence for which the
conviction of a Councilor or Appointee would, in
the opinion of the majority of Council, result in
prejudice to the interests or reputation of the
Opaskwayak Cree Nation if the Councilor or
Appointee continued in his or her elected or
- a spouse, including a person who is not
married to the Councilor or Appointee but
who the Councilor or Appointee represents as
his or her spouse;
- any child, natural or adopted;
- any brother or sister, natural or adopted;
- such other person as Council may, by policy
proclaimed in a Band Council Resolution,
determine to be, or may in a particular
situation designate as a Relative.
TERMINATION OF APPOINTMENT
- An Elder may be dismissed from the Council of Elders for
serious misconduct which reflects unfavorably on the Chief
and Council. This shall include any conduct, which is
inconsistent with the role of an Elder as a spiritual and
community leader. This shall also include any conduct which
is inconsistent with the spirit and intent of the Opaskwayak
Cree Nation Code of Conduct.
- An Elder can resign from the Council of Elders by informing
Chief and Council of his or her decision to do so.
- Honorarium will be paid to the Elders in accordance with
policy approved by a majority of a quorum of Council
- These Terms of Reference may be reviewed from time to time
and changes made when the need arises.