Our Committees

The Kwanlin Dün First Nation delegates some of its work to a number of committees.

Kwanlin Dün citizens are encouraged to apply to be a part of a committee to support the government’s work.

You can apply by filling out an application and delivering it to reception@kdfn.net.

The AJA Working Group is an internal KDFN advisory body and that works closely with the Kwanlin Dün First Nations Negotiation Team to carry out a number of tasks that relate to section 13.3.17 of the Self-Government Agreement. This section stipulates that KDFN has the power to enact a law of local or private nature on settlement land in relation to the administration of justice.

Some of the AJA tasks include the following:

  • Provide advice and guidance with respect to the  negotiation processes and issues;
  • Provide input and comments on specific AJA negotiation approaches and topics, including the identification of key KDFN priorities;
  • Participate in the consultation process with KDFN citizens, including community meetings and updates; and
  • Promote effective and timely communication with KDFN citizens with respect to AJA negotiations.

The AJA Working Group is a non-decision making body, and its advice, guidance and recommendations do not bind the KDFN Negotiation Team.

The Citizenship Committee is made up of two KDFN Elders and three KDFN citizens that are appointed for three-year terms. The Committee works closely with the Citizenship Registrar and has a number of responsibilities.

Citizenship Committee tasks include:

  • Approving and disapproving applications for KDFN citizenship;
  • Determining the citizenship status of a person who renounces or loses their citizenship;
  • Reviewing application forms for enrolment and transfers; and
  • Recommend eligibility criteria for citizenship, as directed by Council.

The Committee, which is comprised of one Elder, three community members, and one ECO staff member, reviews and processes all requests from KDFN citizens and organizations for donations for donations under the Donations Policy. The Kwanlin Dun First Nation Donations Fund Application Form can be found here. To fill out the form electronically, download the file and open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader, then click “fill and sign.”

Some of its tasks include:

  • Determine what type of art work or craft products are needed for display in KDFN buildings, or to give away as gifts and announce an open call for the submission of original works;
  • Ensure the fair and equitable distribution of donations funds to KDFN citizens and organizations;
  • Ensure the fair and equitable purchase of art work or craft products from various KDFN artists or crafters; and
  • Work with in the allotted budgets for donations and arts and craft purchases to maximize the benefits for the KDFN community.

More detailed information is available in the Terms of Reference.

The Election Committee consists of three people appointed by Council at least 120 days before the voting date. It is responsible for the general direction and overall supervision of an election conducted under the Elections Act, and works closely with other voting officers under the Elections Act.

After the results of the elections are declared, the election committee provides a written report to the Council setting out the results of the election and the details of carrying out the election process under its direction and supervision;

More detailed information is available in the Kwanlin Dün Elections Act.

The Housing Allocations Committee consists of seven members (three KDFN citizens, 2 non-citizens, the Elders Councillor and the Tenant Relations Officer.) Committee members are expected to act in the best interest of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation community as a whole and shall be responsible for making allocation decisions on all rental units. This includes both new applications and transfer applications based on the scoring criteria approved by Council.

Some of the Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing all applications submitted to KDFN Community Services Department
  • Approving/declining applications for Kwanlin Dün Housing

More detailed information is available in the Terms of reference.

The Committee, which is comprised of one Elder, one youth, two Kwanlin Dün traditional-practitioners and one member at large is responsible for exploring and developing initiatives to increase the use of Kwanlin Dün language, culture and traditions in the Kwanlin Dün First Nation government and community.

Some of its tasks include:

  • Ensuring that the knowledge, values and healing rooted in our languages and culture is available now and in the future
  • Exploring and developing different ideas for community wide initiatives, events, programs, etc. that increase the use of Kwanlin Dün languages, traditions and cultural revitalization
  • Developing and planning language and culture learning opportunities within the Kwanlin Dün First Nation government and community
  • Promoting the use of First Nation languages and culture within the Kwanlin Dün First Nation government and community

More detailed information is available in the Terms of Reference.

The Trust Working Group works in cooperation with the Trust Advisor who is contracted by Council to offer technical support and direction to KDFN regarding its various funds that flow from its Final Agreement. The Working group is accountable to Council, and makes recommendations with respect to the Trust Settlement Deed, the establishment of the trust, and any other matters related to the development of the trust and its implementation.

Members of the Working Group have a number of responsibilities, including:

  • Contribute to the reviews and consultations in order to assist in decisions
  • Make reasonable efforts to study and research the topics at hand in order to make as informed and fully a contribution as possible
  • Prepare adequately for the meetings of the Trust Working Group

More detailed information is available in the Terms of Reference.