Your Othasowewin (Constitution) Vote Counts!
Vote now with the e-vote option. It’s fast, easy and secure!
In-person voting is also available in Winnipeg, Thompson, Leaf Rapids and Nelson House on the following dates:
- November 20, 2017 Leaf Rapids, Town Center
- November 21, 2017 Thompson, Mystery Lake Hotel
- November 23, 2017 Winnipeg, Fairfield Inn & Suites
- November 28 & 29, 2017 NCN, Gilbert McDonald Arena
All polls will be open from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Not registered to vote yet?
Contact Jacqueline Hunter, Ratification Officer
NCN OTHASOWEWIN Constitution
NCN Citizens are encouraged to make an informed decision. Find out more from Chief and Council, discuss the topic with community consultants visiting homes, attend upcoming open houses and General Assemblies and share your thoughts. Be sure to vote!
Important Upcoming Dates
- October 5, 2017 – Winnipeg
- October 11, 2017 – Leaf Rapids
- October 12, 2017 – Thompson
- October 19, 2017 – General Assembly
- October 24, 25, 26, 2017 – Small group workshops NCN
- November 1–29, 2017 – E-vote
- November 20, 2017 – Leaf Rapids
- November 21, 2017 – Thompson
- November 23, 2017 – Winnipeg
- November 28-29, 2017 – NCN
All polls will be from 12:00pm to 8:00pm
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 workshop featured 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.
A Constitution Workshop: To be held Wednesday, April 16 & Thursday, April 17 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nelson House United Church.
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
||1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
||Tue., Feb. 11
||Christ the King Roman Catholic Church
||1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
||Wed., Feb. 12
||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. Printed copies will be available at the Implementation Office or the NCN Government Office.
Constitution Process Started Earlier (2013)
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 (2014)
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
Constitution Feedback Form