Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council
Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council supports its member nations in realizing their efforts towards self-reliance, self-governance, connection to culture, and quality of life now and for future generations.
NmTC Board of Directors
Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council (NmTC) is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of one representative of Chief and Council from each of the eleven member nations. The duties of the Board are to advise, govern, and oversee policy and direction. Board members also assist with the leadership and general promotion of NmTC to support the organization’s mission and needs. The Board meets six times per year. The Executive Committee is a committee of the board and meets as directed by the Board for special tasks and projects
2018-2019 Board of Directors
Chief Darren Blaney , Homalco First Nation - Chair
Deanna George, Tsleil-Waututh Nation - Vice-Chair
Chief Nicole Rempel, K’ómoks First Nation - Secretary-Treasurer
Chief Ken Baird, Tsawwassen First Nation
Chief Gordon Planes, T'so-uke First Nation
Chief James Thomas, Halalt First Nation
Chief Kevin Peacey, Klahoose First Nation
Chief George Harry, Malahat Nation
Chief John Elliot, Stz’uminus First Nation
Hegus Clint Williams, Tla’amin Nation
Lawrence Mitchell, Snaw’naw’as First Nation
Message from the Past Chairman of the Board (2018/19)
We are pleased to welcome you to the 2018-2019 Annual General Meeting of Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council. The efforts of Directors, Elders and staff of the Tribal Council have caused us to do our work throughout the year. I thank them all for their dedication. I offer special thanks to Chief Bryce Williams, of the Tsawwassen First Nation. Chief Williams served as Chair of the Tribal Council for 5 years.
Our theme for this AGM is Adapting to Growth. Both our advisory services and our fee for service activities had a record increase in activity. Without doubt, this has posed challenges. The challenges facing an organization that has a sincere desire to provide relevant and effective services, are made even more complex by the scale of our activity.
Services to members are the heart of the organization, and the only reason we exist. For the Tribal Council to be effective and relevant, we must identify “what” services our members need. We use several means to obtain this guidance. These include feed back from directors. We prepare questionnaires, and ask for feedback at our events, including this AGM. We also engage services from our dedicated communications liaison.
Once we understand the “what”, then it is our challenge to determine the “how.” We must craft programs that address requirements – even if we contemplate providing support in areas that lie outside our normal core services: administration, community planning, economic development, finance, governance, and technical services.
This year, we tried a new way to provide support. This involved bringing experts to communities, where they could engage with many staff. By contrast, it had been more common for us to encourage a few staff from each member to attend events to receive training.
We engaged Dr. Manley Begay to deliver our Nation-to-Nation Mentorship Project. Dr. Begay, co-director of the Harvard project on American Indian Economic Development, provided. mentorship workshops to five members about national rebuilding. Then, Chris Derickson of Westbank First Nation toured five members and provided mentorship on nation-building successes.
Members expressed great support for this way to deliver professional development.
As the scale of NmTC’s operations has increased so has our need to generate our own revenue. To be clear, the sole purpose of this revenue is to enable the Tribal Council to serve members.
This year our project management and event planning services operated at levels which had never been seen before. Further, we no longer rely on Indigenous Services Canada. We claim other federal agencies as clients and also the province of British Columbia.
The National Inquiry on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) is a highlight from the year. The scale and complexity of managing the event logistics stretched the Tribal Council. The challenges have helped cement our organization as the largest Indigenous event management organization in Canada. It has helped us develop policies and procedures that will support events in the future.
I thank our finance department for stepping up to this challenge. I thank staff in the field, who have made personal sacrifice and worked long hours on our behalf.
This year among many notable events, several stand out:
Adding Komoks First Nation as our eleventh member.
Saying farewell to Snuneymuxw First Nation – one of our founding members.
Expanding our Elders Council to include an Elder from each member nation.
Starting projects on data governance. These will lead to better reporting and common tools for members.
Implementing the process of developing a five year strategic plan.
Continuing efforts to provide common tools and resources for our members. This includes initiatives that address issues important to First Nations in Canada. For example –the continued development of our Housing Policy Toolkits.
Helping Tribal Council members assess the new Housing and Infrastructure Committee. The impact of its recommendations could change the delivery of services in a drastic way.
It has been an honour to contribute to the leadership of Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council. While we may not know what challenges or opportunities lie ahead, we are sure to face them in the spirit of Naut’sa mawt: working together as one.
Thank your for contributing your support to our Tribal Council. It has been an honour to serve.
Chief Darren Blaney, Chair
NmTC Board of Direcotrs
Gary Reith, CAO
Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council