Craig Aldred, BA
Governance Strategic/Energy Officer
Vision: Through good governance, Wahgoshig members will be fully in control of their own lands, traditions, culture, and destiny, with laws, customs, and practices they define and choose themselves, rather than any imposed systems.
The intent and role of Governance is to provide the means, structures, and frameworks of how a First Nations government works, how members elect, interact with and are represented by that government, and to provide a cohesive and effective environment in which all aspects of the Band’s administration are able to function well. Good governance ensures transparency, justice, equality and accountability. It provides stability for departments, staff, leadership, and administration to produce efficient and substantive work, and helps them understand their roles within the larger organizational structure. Governance facilitates the relationship between leadership and membership, and creates an ecosystem where both leadership and membership are accountable to one another in the path towards self-determination, and the fair and equitable rule of law.
Good governance enables membership and leadership to collaborate in creating tailored policy and laws which are uniquely suited to Wahgoshig’s needs, and allows for the community to participate in the creation of their own governance system. This will improve day to day life for community members through the consistent application of a fair, just, and understood rule of law, and will propel Wahgoshig towards its vision of self-sufficiency and independence.
Priorities and Projects for the Governance Department:
- Strategic Plan Implementation
- Finance and Audit Committee
- Board Governance
- Communications Strategy/Policy
- Membership Code
- Risk Management Plan
- Ratification Policy