Council of Elders
From left to right: Mrs Odette Rioux, Mr Léandre Nicolas, Mrs Nicole Aubin, Mr Ernest-Daniel Nicolas, Mrs Aline Athanase et Mr Jocelyn Dionne.
OBJECTIVES AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL
In accordance with the wisdom of Elders, the main objectives of the Council of Elders aim at giving Elders the opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process on certain matters submitted to them, to assess any policy or orientation that may influence customs and traditions of the Nation in order to remain attuned to its constitution and its bylaws –written or recognized – and to signify the result of their afterthought to the Grand Council of the MVFN. The Council of Elders must shed particular light on any question or any situation submitted to them by the Council of the MVFN and that are susceptible to impact in some ways interrelationships amongst members or any other conflicting matter of any nature. It must act as an arbitrator and a mediator to settle differences which might arise amongst members or between a group of members and a decision-making body. It provides advice to the directors of the Nation on any topic of common interest which creates friction between members; it may also receive grievances arising from a refusal to enter a name on the register of the MVFN in accordance with its Code of membership.
The Council of Elders must always conduct its responsibility applying conformity to customs and traditions thus ensuring their continuity. It is an advisory body granted the power to recommend and to mediate. It may recommend to the Grand Council of the MVFN to revisit some of the decisions the latter has made or resolutions it has implemented should such be deemed prejudicial or contrary to the interests of the members. When the Council of Elders acts as an arbitrator in a specific case, its decision becomes executory and cannot be appealed. In such case, parties involved will have accepted its intervention before proceedings would have been initiated.