Chief & Council - Composition, Powers and Meetings

Composition, Powers and Meetings

As stated in the KDFN Constitution

Composition of the Council

  1. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation Council comprises:
    1. the following voting members, each of whom is to be elected by Citizens in accordance with this Constitution and Kwanlin Dün First Nation law:
      1. the Chief of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
      2. six Councillors; and
    2. the following non-voting members:
      1. one elder to be appointed by the Elders Council, and
      2. one member of the Youth Council to be appointed by the Youth Council.

Powers and Responsibilities of the Council

  1. The Council, in accordance with this Constitution and Kwanlin Dün First Nation law, may exercise any right, power or privilege, and may carry out any duty, function or obligation of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation including those set out in the Final Agreement and the Self-Government Agreement, and in particular may:
    1. take any necessary steps to give effect to the Final Agreement and the Self-Government Agreement, this Constitution, and Kwanlin Dün First Nation law;
    2. represent the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in inter-governmental relationships;
    3. on behalf of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation:
      1. enter into agreements with Canada, Yukon, other governments, other First Nations, or any other person; and
      2. ratify amendments to the Final Agreement or the Self-Government Agreement, subject to any provisions of this Constitution, or a policy contemplated in section 13 (1)(c);
    4. enact Kwanlin Dün First Nation laws in relation to any matter within the authority of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
    5. adopt a resolution:
      1. proposing an amendment to this Constitution; or
      2. proposing a question to be put to Citizens in a referendum;
    6. consider any matter or concern brought by people who are not Citizens but who live or work in the Traditional Territory;
    7. develop and approve an annual budget for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
    8. authorize the collection or expenditure of funds by the Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
    9. develop and approve policies under which the Kwanlin Dün First Nation may:
      1. incur debt, trade accounts, deferred payment or similar liabilities in respect of expenditures provided for within an approved budget,
      2. secure overdraft banking arrangements, or
      3. enter into conditional sales agreements of leases for the use or acquisition of assets, land, premises, materials or equipment;
    10. develop and approve policies under which the Kwanlin Dün First Nation may incur debt to finance or re-finance capital projects, but any such policy must require:
      1. Council approval for each specific financing or re-financing arrangement;
      2. that the maximum duration of a financing or re-financing arrangement may not exceed the reasonably anticipated useful life of the capital assets for which the debt is incurred; and
      3. that the annual debt servicing costs and amortized re-payment of capital under any such arrangement must be included as an expense within each current annual budget for the duration of that arrangement;
    11. authorize the signing and delivery of any document on behalf of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation, and develop and approve policies with respect to the exercise of signing authority on behalf of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation;
    12. oversee the preparation of financial and management reports, and present those reports to the General Assembly;
    13. advise the Chief in the exercise of the powers and responsibilities of that office;
    14. establish committees of the Council;
    15. delegate specific powers, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Final Agreement and the Self-Government Agreement;
    16. appoint persons to hold office under this Constitution or Kwanlin Dün First Nation law, and exercise any right or power of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation to select, nominate, delegate or appoint a person to any other organisation or entity;
    17. appoint persons to inquire into and report on particular matters;
    18. review the performance of Kwanlin Dün First Nation institutions;
    19. establish corporations on behalf of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation; and
    20. seek and consider the advice of the Elders Council or the Youth Council.