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NCN Constitution Development and Review

This page has been created to provide an ongoing record of information and materials related to the NCN's Constitutional development and review process.

Constitution Workshop Features First Nations' Constitutional Expert

Chief and Council scheduled a two-day Constitution Workshop to explore the value of a constitution for NCN Citizens.  The workshopfeatured Chief Robert Louis who successfully led Westbank First Nation  in Kelowna B.C. through a process to adopt a Constitution.  He helped NCN Citizens to explore the value of a Constitution for our future.

Constitution Workshop
Wed., Apr. 16 / Thurs., Apr. 17
10:00 a.m.
Nelson House United Church

Earlier Constitution Information Still Available

For those who missed earlier Meet and Greet rounds and the materials presented, please click here to go to our Constitution Review web page which will provide you with some background.  If you're specifically looking for documents presented during the Round 1 review process, including the first draft of the constitution and related newsletter, click here to find those documents.

Round 2 Meet and Greets

Following Round 1 review meet and greets held between January 9 and 15, Chief and Council took the feedback and questions from those meetings to prepare a Question, Answers and Comments document (available below), and to make some initial changes to the draft Constitution. This document was circulated to NCN Citizens before Round 2 Meet and Greets held February 6 to 12 at the
following locations.

Thu., Feb. 6

Royal Canadian Legion
South Osborne Branch
426 Osborne Street S.

4:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 10 United Church 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 11

Christ the King Roman Catholic Church

1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 12 Juniper Centre 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The Meet and Greets provided opportunities for NCN Citizens to further discuss and comment on the Constitution including its relationship to the Wuskwatim investment, One-year Agreement, PDA Supplement 2, Trust Agreements and CRD License.

Any further changes to the draft Constitution resulting from the Round 2 meet and greets will be communicated to NCN Citizens before a vote on the draft Constitution is held.

Questions, Answers and Comments document

The Questions, Answers and Comments document  is available for download by clicking here or on the thumbnail at right. Printed copies will be available at the Implementation Office or the NCN Government Office.

Feedback requested

NCN Citizens are again invited to provide input using the same comment form (paper or online) used in Round 1.The form provides a section on each chapter of the Constitution for your comments.

For more information, please contact the Implementation Office at 204-484-2414.

Constitution process started earlier

For the first time in NCN’s long constitutional-development process, a draft constitution was written and circulated to NCN Citizens for review and comment. It is available for download by clicking on this link.

Several constitutional models studied

During its development, several constitutional models were reviewed and it was determined a model more unique to NCN should be developed. The constitution of the Westbank First Nation of Kelowna British Columbia was especially useful for guidance because it is quite detailed and Westbank is one of few First Nations that have concluded a self-government agreement with the Government of Canada.

Early Constitution review meetings held

A first round of Constitution review meetings with NCN Citizens were held in January 2014. A newsletter with an overview of the draft constitution were distributed to NCN households and can be downloaded below.

Downloads or links to documents

NCN Draft Constitution

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