Elders Knowledge Council Discusses Draft Terms of Reference, Strategic Plan, and Life Long Learning

October 4, 2023

Kapawe’no First Nation – Today, October 4, 2023 the Kapawe’no First Nation Elders Knowledge Council convened for a pivotal meeting, opened with a smudge and prayer, setting the tone, the Nêhiyawak way of life for the discussions. Council members covered a range of topics including the draft Terms of Reference (ToR), the updated “Road map – Strategic Plan,” the draft Nêhiyawawin dictionary and the capacity of the Kapawe’no Nêhiyawak School.

The ToR, driven by the Seven Grandmother/Grandfather Teachings, serves as the foundation for the council’s activities. The draft document emphasizes the principle of lateral kindness, urging members to interact with dignity, equality, and respect along with bringing in full participation from the members.

One noteworthy agenda item was the potential acquisition of the local college. This aligns with the Council’s broader vision for life long learning and Nation empowerment. Council members discussed the importance of being actively involved in and aware of each phase of this significant step.

The ToR outlines that decisions will be arrived at through consensus, safeguarding that each Elder’s wisdom is incorporated and full of respect. The Council also reviewed accountability practices, such as transparent reporting to the Kapawe’no members, Chief and Council, and mechanisms for financial / management oversight and policies for student / staff safety.

Designed to be both flexible and deeply rooted in tradition, the ToR permits for an annual review of the Council’s composition and the possibility of forming specialized sub-committees as needed such as for safety, Nêhiyawêwin revitalization, student supports and more.

Last modified: October 7, 2023

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