NStQ Survey: An NStQ Constitution
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To all members of NStQ:
After treaty, NStQ will have its own “Constitution”.
A Constitution is a Nation’s highest law that sets out the rules for how that Nation governs itself.
A Constitution is sometimes seen as “seme7” law, and some Secwepemc feel that they do not need one. However, many First Nations across Canada and Tribes in the United States have found a Constitution to be a valuable tool to guide their governments in the complex legal, political and social environments they face now and in the future.
This survey (and future discussions among NStQ members) provides you with an opportunity to have your say about your Constitution.
This survey covers the following topics:
- Declaration: Who are NStQ? What are our values and expectations of leadership?
- NStQ Government Structure: What positions will there be on the NStQ government? How long will their Term of Office be? How will they be selected? What will be their duties?
- Accountability of NStQ Government: What will be the standards for financial accountability? What will be the standards of conduct of members of the NStQ Government? What are the consequences for misconduct? What is the process to deal with misconduct? Who will make the decision?
- Enactment of NStQ Laws: How will NStQ make Laws after treaty? Which laws will be made by the overall NStQ Government and which will be made by individual NStQ Community Governments, and how will this be decided?
- Enactment and Amendment of NStQ Constitution: How will the the NStQ Constitution be passed? How can it be changed in the future? How much support will be required by NStQ before the Constitution is passed or changed ?
- Transfer of Interests in NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands: What interests in NStQ Treaty Settlement Lands can be transferred after treaty? What is the process for that transfer?
- Rights of Citizens: What rights will NStQ Citizens have? How will those rights be enforced and protected?
If you are an NStQ member (Canim Lake, Stswecem’c Xgat’tem, Soda Creek or Williams Lake) aged 13 or over, please complete the following survey and get it to the Contact Person for your Band.
Charlotte Gilbert Helen Henderson
Self-Government Coordinator Self Government Coordinator
or Judy Boston Canim Lake Indian Band
Executive Assistant Box 1030
Williams Lake Indian Band 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0
2672 Indian Drive Tel. (250) 397-2002
Williams Lake, BC V2G 5K9 email@example.com
Tel. (250) 296-3507, Local 118
Allan Adam Kellie Louie
Self-Government Coordinator Treaty Assistant
Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation Soda Creek Indian Band
General Delivery 3405 Mountain House Road
Dog Creek, BC V0L 1J0 Williams Lake, BC V2G 5L5 Tel. (250) 989-2323
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel. (250) 440-5649 email@example.com
Please note that this is only a survey, intended to find out NStQ opinions on Constitutional issues. Many of the issues discussed below are subject to continuing treaty negotiations and existing law. NStQ Community members will have further opportunity to provide input into the NStQ Constitution and the right to vote on the final draft of the NStQ Constitution.
YOU MUST FILL IN YOUR NAME, BAND NUMBER AND CONTACT INFORMATION.
YOUR NAME: _________________________________ BAND NUMBER: _______________ ADDRESS: _____________________________________________ PHONE: ____________
WE WILL SEPARATE THIS SHEET FROM YOUR SURVEY, SO THE SURVEY WILL BE ANONYMOUS.
Six Stages of NStQ treaty process.