Mandate letter for Chief Advisor Kévin Morais
Qey Mr. Kevin Morais,
I am pleased to have you as members of the Grand Council of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation and to assign to you the political responsibilities of governance, treasury, and finance. I also designate you to assist and replace me in liaising with the General Directorate and for any meetings, representation, and responsibilities for which I may not be able to fulfill. These responsibilities are of the utmost importance and must always be exercised in the best interests of the First Nation.
The beginning of the mandate is a defining moment for WWFN and will be marked by continuity in change. Already in 2016, the members of our First Nation were sending a clear signal. They wanted WWFN to move into second gear in order to develop to its full potential. WWFN needed to regain its leadership with respect to Wolastokuk and its members. To achieve this goal, the following steps were taken:
- We have improved our ability to manage and govern ourselves as a nation. The separation of administrative and political roles was instituted and a team of competent and honest managers was put in place. The results have been conclusive. Not only have significant revenues been generated, but they have also been administered effectively in anticipation of structuring projects for WWFN and its members.
- Important relationships have been consolidated and renewed. First of all, with our members, whom we have involved in committees and who have contributed in various ways to important issues. Historic alliances have also been renewed with our brothers and sisters from other First Nations, including the Wolastoqey Nation. Finally, we have resumed negotiations with the governments of Canada and Quebec to continue our struggle towards reparation and recognition of our rights while establishing partnerships.
The members have given us a clear mandate. They agree with these directions and want us to continue them. Over the next few years, WWFN will have to consolidate its governance and build structuring projects for the nation and its members.
As Chief Advisor with responsibility for governance, treasury, and finance, you will be responsible for reviewing and consolidating the administrative and organizational structure of WWFN. From an administrative point of view, our adherence to the First Nations Fiscal Administration Act will be a major undertaking. You will have to ensure the revision of all the policies, codes and regulations that govern our nation. Several of these frameworks are outdated and must be reviewed to ensure their consistency and to provide WWFN with an efficient, transparent and current mode of operation. Among these rules of governance, I ask you to pay particular attention to the commercial fisheries sector. The Fisheries Resource Agreement is an opportunity to improve our governance structures and processes to help this activity, which is so important to WWFN, to flourish. Strict accountability and reporting measures must be put in place and transparency, integrity and the best interests of the Nation must always be paramount.
The Grand Council relies on your work, ideas, and recommendations to guide its decisions in the areas of your responsibilities. The challenges ahead are great, but you are not alone. All members of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation, including our ancestors and future generations, can guide you. Do not hesitate to inform, consult and listen to them. The involvement of our members represents an important transparency tool that also promotes the objectives of belonging and reappropriation. Also, collaborate and work in complementarity with the WWFN’s management and directors. Clearly determine your respective roles and responsibilities. Share information in both directions in order to benefit from their knowledge while allowing them to know and implement the Grand Council’s orientations and decisions. Finally, cultivate your relationships with organizations and individuals outside of WWFN while protecting and affirming our rights.
The responsibilities entrusted to you are of the utmost importance, I ask you to reflect and to put in place the foundations for our nation that will ensure a credible and lasting foundation for our members and our partners. These structures must reflect the distinctive culture and values of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation. Committees of WWFN members may be created to reflect or sit on governance structures. Members must participate in the organization and affairs of the Nation. When it comes to finances or reviewing WWFN frameworks, you will also have to work closely with our organization’s managers, including the General Directorate, the Finance and Economic Development directorate, and fisheries managers. In your assigned responsibilities, you will be the link between the policy decisions made by the Grand Council and the work done by these individuals. It is your duty to exercise this linkage effectively.
In closing, I ask you to take steps to ensure the sustainability of the work you will do during your mandate. The fruit of your work does not belong to you and must remain with the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation. You must therefore take the necessary measures to ensure that your actions and initiatives are accessible and can benefit your successors and future generations.
Jacques Tremblay, Grand Chief
Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation