Kwanlin Dün Elders' Council
The role of the Elders Council is to advise Chief and Council on issues facing the Kwanlin Dün community. It also provides the Elders with a vital link to the KDFN community.
A person must be at least 60 years old to sit on the Elders Council (all KDFN Elders are members of the Council).
The Elders Council may meet once per month or as determined from time to time. The Council also selects one representative to attend Chief and Council meetings
An Elders Councillor oversees the council and organizes activities and events for the elders. They also provide support and they help elders with many things, such as filling out forms.
Elders discuss the importance of reviving traditional ways and potential economic opportunities for Kwanlin Dün with facilitator Gaye Hansen.
Composition and Power of the Elders' Council
The KDFN Constitution describes the structure and powers of the Elders Council:
The Composition of the Elders Council may include:
- Every Citizen who is at least 60 years of age is a member of the Kwanlin Dün
First Nation Elders Council, and is entitled to participate in any meeting of
the Elders Council in accordance with its rules of procedure.
- Each member of the Elders Council has equal authority and rights within the
The Powers of the Elders Council are:
- The Kwanlin Dün First Nation Elders Council may:
- give advice and guidance to the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, in particular
with regard to:
- enhancing and protecting Kwanlin Dün First Nation traditions,
customs and laws;
- programs and services to meet the needs of Elders;
- disputes within or regarding the Kwanlin Dün First Nation; and
- any other matters.
- appoint one Elder to sit as a non-voting member of the Council;
- recommend two Elders who satisfy the requirements set out in the
Constitution to sit on the Judicial Council; and
- appoint Elders to sit on any committee within the Kwanlin Dün First
Nation, in accordance with, and to the extent provided for, in the
resolution or law establishing that committee.
Meetings of the Elders Council
- The Elders Council may establish procedures regarding its meetings and