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Tr'ondek Hwech'in

Category: Organisation
Sub Category:Canadian Aboriginal Government
Place:Dawson City
State/Country:Yukon, Canada
Alternative Names:
  • Trondk Hwchin
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    Summary Information:
    The Tr'ondek Hwech'in Constitution outlines the objective of the First Nation:
  • 'to govern Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens, lands, and resources in accordance with Tr'ondk Hwch'in culture and traditions;
  • to respect ancestral lands;
    to use, manage, and administer the lands and resources of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in;
  • to protect for all time the culture and heritage of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in;
  • to promote, utilize, and preserve the language and traditions of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in;
  • to protect the rights of Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens;
  • to attain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health;
  • to provide a unified voice for Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens;
  • to implement and achieve maximum benefits from the Tr'ondk Hwch'in Land Claims Agreements;
  • to represent and support the interests of Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens at all government levels, and in all areas of First Nation concern or responsibility;
  • to maintain accountability of all elected and appointed officials to Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens;
  • to maintain financial accountability to Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens;
  • to maintain a registry of the names of all Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens.'
  • Detailed Information:
    The Constitution divides power into three different organs - the General Assembly; the Tr'ondk Hwch'in Council and the Tr'ondk Hwch'in Courts.

    The General Assembly is comprised of all Tr'ondk Hwch'in citizens over the age of 18. It has responsibility for:
  • 'reviewing and approving reports, including financial reports, received from the Tr'ondk Hwch'in Council and staff by way of resolution;
  • providing direction to Chief and Council by way of resolution;
  • enacting and repealing Tr'ondk Hwch'in laws;
  • enacting land use codes and guidelines pertaining to Tr'ondk Hwch'in Settlement Lands and other lands under the jurisdiction of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in;
  • establishing remuneration rates for the Tr'ondk Hwch'in Council; and
  • approving the borrowing of amounts exceeding five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000.00).'

    The Tr'ondk Hwch'in Council is comprised of a chief and four councillors plus one ex-oficio Elder Council and one ex-officio Youth Councillor. The Tr'ondk Hwch'in Council 'shall have the power and responsibility to manage and represent the interests and affairs of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in, as well as all subjects, persons, property, and activities within the jurisdiction of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in', including, but not limited to:
  • 'managing Tr'ondk Hwch'in lands;
  • managing and allocating privileges on traplines owned by Tr'ondk Hwch'in;
  • preparing laws and by-laws for presentation to the General Assembly;
  • managing Tr'ondk Hwch'in monies, resources, and assets;
  • maintaining current and up to date financial records and strict financial accountability;
  • ensuring that all valid laws passed by the General Assembly are enforced.'

    Also part of Tr'ondk Hwch'in are the Youth and Elders Council, who advise the council on issues relevant to their particular constituents.

    The administrative functions of the Tr'ondk Hwch'in are carried out by different departments, including those relating to:
  • agreement implementation;
  • land & resource;
  • mapping;
  • fish & wildlife;
  • finance & housing;
  • heritage;
  • health & society;
  • human relations & education; and
  • strategic initiatives.

  • Related Entries

  • Tr'ondek Hwech'in Self-Government Agreement - Signatory

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