Leadership

Leadership

Pauquachin First Nation,Chief & Council and Administration information.

Leadership

As in many First Nations reserves, the Band Office in Pauquachin has long served as an important foundation for the development of the community. The original band office was located across from South Island Wellness Society on West Saanich Road, and the office has relocated twice since then. The band office staff members, led by the Band Administrator, take guidance from Chief and Council. Pauquachin First Nation elects its Chief and Council through the Indian Act election system. Currently, Chief Rebecca Harris is leading with four Councillors: SI,OLTENOT Bartleman, Darlene Henry, Herman Henry and Allan Tom. Chief and Council are responsible for representing the Pauquachin community in making governance and policy decisions.

Chief & Council

Pauquachin First Nation Chief and Council

Chief Rebecca Harris (centre) Councillors (from left): SI,OLTENOT Bartleman, Darlene Henry, Herman Henry, and Allan Tom.

 In the field of strategic planning, Pauquachin has been making significant strides forward in developing keystone plans. The Nation has previously completed a physical development plan and a Community Economic Development Strategy. In 2015, Pauquachin has been engaged in putting together a Housing Strategy, a Financial Policy and a Comprehensive Community Plan. These plans are instrumental in providing community input as well as decision-making directions for leadership. However, the Nation faces governance challenges through gaps in legal frameworks. 

 

Band Administrator

The Administrator of Pauquachin First Nation is the sole employee of Chief and Council. The Administrator is responsible for the core functionality, management, and administration of the community and facilities, as well as the effective and efficient delivery of all programs and services by staff.
Administration carries out the policies mandated by Chief and Council in order to achieve and sustain its vision for the community.
Administration is responsible for:

  • Developing, implementing, and enforcing policies and procedures as directed by Chief and Council;
  • Ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of ongoing operations;
  • Ensuring fiscal and operational accountability, managing budgets, applying and reporting to funding programs;
  • Systematically managing and supporting Chief and Council; and
  • Providing overall administrative support to the organization.

Pauquachin First Nation manages its own financial affairs subject to the following constraints:

  • Must submit reports on all programs funded by senior governments;
  • Must submit an annual professional audit to INAC and Health Canada, conducted by an external audit company;
  • Must remain solvent; and
  • Must provide an Annual Report and host an Annual General Meeting of the membership to review the audit.

Finances

Pauquachin First Nation manages its own financial affairs subject to the following constraints:

  • Must submit reports on all programs funded by senior governments;
  • Must submit an annual professional audit to INAC and Health Canada, conducted by an external audit company;
  • Must remain solvent; and
  • Must provide an Annual Report and host an Annual General Meeting of the membership to review the audit.
  • Pauquachin First Nation Leadership consists of one Chief and four Council that elected bi-annually.