Replacement of the Independent Traditional Chief:
In the event the Independent Traditional Chief is unable to fulfill his/her duties or requests to be relieved of duty:
The Independent Elders Advisory Council will appoint a replacement and will;
a)candidate must be bondable
b)candidate must have police and vulnerable sector clearances
c)not have a criminal record unless pardoned
d)be a member of Benoit First Nation for a minimum of ten years
e)be in good standing
The Elders Advisory Council is independent of band councils and shall advise on all band council matters and will act with impunity, wisdom and clarity for the well being of the band membership.
Elders of the Independent Elders Advisory Council operates under the following suggested protocols:
The Traditional Chief, is independent of the band and appointed by the Elders Advisory Council for an term determined by the Elders Advisory Council, shall hold a position as Sagmaw, traditional leader, figurehead for the region, spokesperson and cultural adviser- as required by the Elders.
In instances where the Elders Advisory Council is unanimously of the opinion and/or believe that the Band Council is not acting in the best interests of the community, the Elders Advisory Council may object any such decisions, motions, commitments, resolutions, activities and actions. In this case the Elders Advisory Council will advise the Band council and seek consensus to resolve the issue or issues in contention.
Term of the Traditional Sagmaw/Chief is not defined, limited, nor associated with the process of any Band Council elections, but determined by the Elders Advisory Council.
Consensus of the Elders will determin the Traditional Sagmaw/Chief based on:
knowledge, experience and wisdom;
protecting the wellbeing of our community through maintaining culture and traditions;
using Spirituality inextricably intertwined in decision making;
using rationality as the driving force behind decision making;
leadership by example rather than by authority or command;
being a humble servant to the community;
demonstrating generosity and kindness, and honouring all living things;
meeting to deliberate on a matter needing understanding and consensus through mutual inquiry with the Elders;
use of traditional methods of resolving social conflict based on the concept of restitution that focuses on restoring respectful personal and social relations.
the ability to be an advisor and mentor to the Band Coucil, Committees and Community;
When selecting a Traditional Sagamaw/Chief:
The Elders Advisory Council will choose a Traditional Sagmaw/Chief based on a majority vote of their members.
will take place at a Meeting of the Elders Council whenever needed,
The Traditional Sagmaw/ Chief will act as a band figurehead, advisor, also working to build consensus, assist in decision making, act as guardian of culture, language, heritage, community and social development.
The chosen Traditional Sagmaw will remain cultural Leader and Figurehead. A successor is only selected if the Elders find it necessary or if the Saqmaw steps down from the role.
All former Traditional Chiefs will remain as advisors and Elders for as long as he/she wishes to do so or when they enter the spirit world.
Every Elder is a leader in his/her area of involment and will work together with everyone in the community for the betterment of all.
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