Annual Council Report - Cerelina Willie


Wuikinuxv Village (Katit), Rivers Inlet

C/O BAG 3500, Port Hardy, B.C. V0N 2P0

Admin Office Phone: (250)-949-8625


Councillor

Cerelina Willie

Email: council1@wuikinuxv.net



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: council1@wuikinuxv.net, 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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