Chief Report

Hadi Nak’azdli Whut’enne,
Our community has endured a lot of pain and suffering over the past few months and Nak’azdli Whut’en sends our heartfelt condolences to all. It is in these times we tend to reflect a lot and are forever saying “I should have” or “I wanted to”. I know this because I have been doing that too.There is no time like the present to say or do what you want with the people you love and care for. I know many have very busy lives and the days are long, only to make ends meet. However, I encourage you to try your best to spend as much time with all the people you care for, as you never know when you or your loved ones will leave. Once again, our heartfelt condolences to all, members and non-members alike.

Well it is spring time here in the North (I hope). Spring break begins on the 23rd of this month for our students, many are travelling on school/family trips, take care while travelling. Ensure you have a lot of time to get to your destination(s) safely. With all the children that are not travelling and staying in the community, please keep your eye on the little ones, with all the snow that is melting and the ditches are filling up with water. Please check on your sump pumps and ensure that they are in working order. A little prevention and preparation means less property damage to your investment, your home.
Also keep in mind the posted speed limits in our community (30 kms). Far too often I see many people, including our own members speeding through the community, Nak’azdli and Fort Saint James are not that big and I do not see a reason for anyone to be speeding. I have also spoken to the RCMP about all the UTV/ATV’s that are travelling on our streets, expressing our concern of safety. I mentioned to the RCMP that if the members are breaking the law with these machines, they should not be given a warning and to have them impounded. Laws are in place for the safety of everyone.
On the 26th of March, Nak’azdli will be hosting the CSTC Chiefs meeting, members are welcome to sit and observe the meeting if they so wish. And on that note, this will be the last time Nak’azdli sits as a director with Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, as our separation is scheduled to conclude on March 31st, 2018.
On April 7th, 2018 from 3pm to 7pm, Nak’azdli Whut’en  celebrated our “New Beginnings”. It was a celebration to show the membership yes, we did listen and that we are no longer part of the CSTC Society. It has been a long year and half to finalize the separation, and we want you to assist us in moving forward. We will also be inviting our neighboring communities to this event along with people whom assisted us along the way.
Nak’azdli Whut’en along with the Cariboo Cougars are in the planning stages of hosting the Cariboo Classic hockey game here in Nak’azdli at the outdoor arena in January of 2019. It will be a big event for Nak’azdli Whut’en and there is so much that needs to be done to accomplish this, so again we need your assistance and involvement in making this event a success.
Nak’azdli Whut’en is involved in many discussions with many entities, the membership cannot expect leadership and staff to have all the answers as we too cannot be everywhere, but we do try. The numerous working groups, negotiations and committees we have and/or sit at are many, we need the assistance of the community to assist in planning the future.
I continually encourage our membership to get engaged and involved at all levels within the organization, be it through committees, meetings or celebrations, but do come out and get informed.The “rumor mill” is devastating to the community when the wrong information gets out. We need your input; your ideas matter and we always love to hear them.
I also wanted to put out a friendly reminder to the members on the processes we have for leadership, the business’ and the organization.
The Economic Development Corporation have their own structure of governance, which consists of a Board of Directors (B.O.D), a President, and a Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O). As in any organization the staff that are employed at the business’ have a manager they report too and the managers’ report to the C.E.O who in turns reports to the B.O.D. The B.O.D develops policies and process’ that the business managers adhere too, to manage the business’. And then the B.O.D have terms of reference and a
business charter that governs them. This is how Nak’azdli Whut’en Ec Dev has been set up to operate.
As with the Nak’azdli Whut’en administration staff, same as above the staff report to a manager, whom in turn reports to the Chief Operating Officer (C.O.O). The C.O.O reports to the Chief and Council. The administration has policies/procedures and processes that were developed by the council to govern the administration building. The C.O.O ensures the policies and processes are adhered too.
The leadership also have rules that need to be adhered too. We have roles and responsibilities along with terms of references that we follow. A very important one is; that the leadership does not direct any staff, we have one employee and that is the C.O.O, whom we as a whole will give direction too. No councilor alone has the authority to, without the whole council, direct the C.O.O. Leadership does not get involved in the day to day operation of the organization
As you can see there is a process that is followed here, and we make sure those process’ are adhered too. One piece of advice I will give is that membership need to familiarize themselves with the business charter, the policies/procedures, terms of references along with the process that is set out. The more familiar the membership is with all the process’ set out, the better. It may and it will assist you now or in
the future in having issues addressed in a timely manner. We are in the process of putting all of these documents on-line for the members to access.
The leadership is making some changes to our monthly meetings. If you want anything heard at the meetings we ask that you submit it to Rhoda Gregg, one week prior to our scheduled meetings which will be moving to the 1st Tuesday and Wednesday of the month and running from 1pm to 8pm. We are in hopes that this will provide more opportunity for our membership to sit in and observe the meetings.
All the meetings are open to the membership to observe, and I strongly encourage that you do come on out.
Nak’azdli Whut’en has been in discussions with the Province of BC for the last 5 years, discussing agreements to address the concerns we have and attempting to reconcile our concerns with the Province. With issues such as forestry, mining, wildlife, highways, language, only to name a few. It takes time to have these issues reconciled, however we are making progress.
Nak’azdli Whut’enne please stay safe out there and check in on each other. A little kindness goes a long way. Life is too short to have anger and hatred in our community, as dakelh’ne we have overcome many obstacles in our life, racism, colonization, genocide, these have kept us together and together we are stronger. Let’s not let petty quarrels divide and conquer us now.
In closing, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the continued support you have shown me over the last year and a half. Whether you agreed with me or not you supported me and I appreciate you. For those of you who don’t support me, I still have a fiduciary duty to represent you to the best of my ability, and I thank you for that also. I have always and always will look out for the needs of Nak’azdli Whut’en and I am proud of that.
A’wet Za’
Alexander McKinnon
Nak’azdli Whut’en Dayi’

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