Mandate letter for Chief Advisor Martine Bruneau
Qey Mrs. Martine Bruneau,
I am pleased to have you as a member of the Grand Council of the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk First Nation and to give you the political responsibility for economic development. This responsibility is most important 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 economic development, you will be responsible for implementing and promoting the economic development opportunities targeted by the WWFN’s strategic orientations adopted by the general assembly of members in 2019. Projects concerning the development of the Gros-Cacouna harbour and its bordering lands as well as the Kataskomiq territory will be favoured. As for the economic activities already established within the WWFN such as commercial fisheries, wind power development and sugar shack development, it is your responsibility to ensure that their potential and profitability are maximized.
The economic development of WWFN will always be carried out with the common interest of all our members, the preservation of Wolastokuk and the values of the nation in mind. In addition to the economic profitability of the projects, the social-economic impacts, the employability of the members and the development of Wolastokuk and the Wolastoqiyik Wahsipekuk Nation will have to be favoured.
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.
You will be the primary link between the Grand Council and the Toku Management Corporation in relation to the responsibilities assigned to you. You will be responsible for ensuring that the Toku Management Corporation is fully aware of and properly applies the values, policies, and decisions of the Grand Council in the area of economic development. Conversely, when necessary, you will be responsible for bringing to the Great Council in a timely manner any requests for which decisions are required. Because of the many political and socio-economic implications and issues that may be related to economic development projects, the General Directorate and the Grand Council will need to be kept continuously informed of the progress of projects.
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