Wuikinuxv Village (Katit), Rivers Inlet
C/O BAG 3500, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0
Admin Office Phone: (250)-949-8625
It’s officially been a year since I was elected to Wuikinuxv Council; I am blessed to work for our Nation, thank you to everyone who supports us in the work we do. Thank you to the tribal manager, program managers, committee members and all affiliates. It’s been an interesting year; six weeks into our term the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
I wanted to go into the community for Council meetings, community meetings, general meetings. Staying connected to the community and membership is important to me, it is for the Nation I work. We spent much of the year figuring out how to do our work virtually. Virtual meetings have been a blessing, but there are several in person meetings that would greatly benefit the Nation.
My contact information is: email@example.com, phone: (250)-230-4621
Communication is key! I’m happy that we have a communication specialist. Thank
you Jonathan for your work, I will be sure to send you all Wuikinuxv related
communication for sharing. I am also grateful for admin support from our recently hired
Council Executive, Cherlyn Walkus.
Financial Policy: Council contributed to the process; it was approved. We’re waiting
on legal review and it will be implemented.
We are working on Governance Policy, then we will use that as a template to complete
departmental policies. It’s been nice that the process started with previous Councils
and employees, we’re here to ensure the work continues and progresses.
Strategic Plan: we are using the comprehensive community plan, meetings with
program managers/directors, and community engagement (through program
committees) to build a strategic plan. Once it is complete, we will share it with
Programs then community & membership; then it will be implemented. This process is
slow going, but I will be super happy when it is complete and implemented. Likely it will be one of those initiatives that will be ready for implementation towards the end of our term. It is a living document and can be easily up-dated; I’m happy to continue to
contribute to such an important process.
Health & Wellness: I participated in Vancouver Coastal Health and First Nations
Health Authority process to develop a COVID-19 plan for the Wuikinuxv Health
Department. Wuikinuxv Health is taking steps to prepare for an unlikely event of COVID-19 outbreak in the community. The Health Committee, with the support from the Tribal Manager, is working on the Terms of Reference. The committee meetings are open to everyone, in time we will work towards family representation. The committee meets will always be open to community and membership. This process allows community and membership to have a voice and contribute to the health and wellness of the community.
Wuikinuxv Emergency Operations Centre (EoC): is working very hard to ensure
there is no outbreak in our community, we focus on prevention of an outbreak while
Health works on preparing for the unfortunate event of an outbreak. The EoC committee has been very considerate of keeping the community safe; in addition to
COVID-19, they supported the community members leaving the community for flood watch in October and the oil spill in early February.
By-Law: Council worked with a lawyer to develop a COVID-19 by-law; it will be
implemented as soon as it gets through the ratification process.
Council of Nuakawa: Council has been meeting with the Traditional Leaders and is
building a relationship to ensure they are included in discussion and decisions being
made regarding the territory and community. They are our Hereditary leaders, and we
appreciate our working relationship.
School District 49: I participated in the hiring process of one employee. The school
district is applying for funding to purchase a vehicle for student transportation (it will take time, but it is process), they will hire a community member to drive the students. The employee will receive training. Updating the Local Education Agreement (LEA) will go on the next Education meeting agenda, our current LEA is outdated and it is in the best interest of the Nation to renew it.
WKNTC: I participated in the virtual AGM which included a workshop on leadership and networking. I also participated in virtual workshops for youth, supporting them in
learning about leadership. Thanks to Pamela and Hope who participated.
Health & Wellness the committee with the support from the Tribal Manager is working
on the Terms of Reference. The committee meetings are open to everyone, in time we
will work towards family representation. The committee meets will always be open to
community and membership. This process allows community and membership to have
a voice and contribute to the health and wellness of the community.
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