Onion Lake Cree Nation Integrated Cree Governance


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    1. 1. Onion Lake Cree NationINTEGRATED CREE GOVERNANCE
    2. 2. - OLCN has always had - We do not wish to the vision of returning to be dependent on our original state of any level of being a self-sufficient government. sovereign nation. - This is why we are- We have never ceded working hard to our Inherent rights and develop our own we are moving towards resources, and once again thriving making a stand for within the laws that sovereignty. have been given to us by - We are creating a the Creator. Declaration of- This means developing Sovereignty that the capacity to be will be presented to independent through all Treaty No. 6 successful business, Chiefs and are investments and seeking community effective governance. endorsement.
    3. 3. To remain a Proud and Self-Reliant„Nehiyow‟ Indigenous Nation thatexercises our inherent rights given tous by the Creator. We will protectthese rights and our land for thebenefit of OLCN citizens, so we arepreparing our future generations.
    4. 4. To work collaboratively in an “OLCNIntegrated Approach” driven and guidedby regular scheduled Month/yearlycommunity-citizen Band meetings byCouncil, Elders, Program delivery andBusiness forums, to effectivelyimplement relevant governance andleadership capacity to achieve economicself-sufficiency and community wellness.
    5. 5. ONION LAKE CREE NATION STATS: On-reserve – 4000 The Onion Lake Cree Nation is Off-reserve – 1300 situated 50 kilometers north of Lloydminster in Treaty No. 6 Territory where we have lived since time immemorial. The community land mass of 21254.6 hectares is divided in two sections: Makaoo and Seekaskootch. Onion Lake First Nation is an independent band, Treaty No. 6 Territory.
    6. 6. COMPREHENSIVE GOVERNANCE INTEGRATION PLAN COLLABORATIVE APPROACH:  We value working together with the individual, family, community and established partnerships.  We strive to honor and respect the dignity of every individual to attain higher education learning and a livelihood.  We accept the life-long Education journey to our Cree Nation‟s community wellness being traveled in shared innovation, responsibility and partnership amongst OLCN programs, for whom, we provide quality services.
    7. 7. INTEGRATION OF TRADITIONAL PRACTICE & KNOWLEDGE Commitment to Quality:  We strive to establish the best in Creator Law, Natural Law and supportive legislative law for the Onion Lake Cree Nation  We engage and fully prepare our Elders to be available to our staff in all positions and we commit ourselves to recruiting and training our staff to meet this need.  We structure our Cree government and governance within an implemented, integrated Framework to optimize the Elder‟s inherent wisdom, including the work experiences, skills and contributions of our leadership and staff.
    8. 8. OLCN - INTREGRATED GOVERNANCE MODEL ORDERS OF BUSINESS & RELATIONSHIPS FAMILY WELLNESS  Based on OLCN Elder‟s Cree Oral History, we value the family as the heart of the Onion Lake Cree Nation.  We work collaboratively to promote family/community wellness and link to economic partnership services.  We encourage the wisdom and balance of Cree indigenous and western knowledge for physical, mental, social, spiritual and economic wellness in the individual, the family, the community and the world in which we live.
    9. 9. Delegated Technical & Management Support Operational Principles: WAKOHTOWIN Working collaborative amongst Council-Programs- Boards-Citizenship Access to program and community services are optimized Kindness and respect to the individual and family Outcome and process measures continuously evaluated and improved Hub of Onion Lake Cree Nation organization is the family Together with the band citizen as an active and informed member Operate financially as accountable and viable into the future Whole organizational and program systems designed to maximize coordination communication Interests and needs of the OLCN Nation drive the organization to determine what we do and how we do Not complicated but simple and easy to understand and implement
    10. 10. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTBand Owned Companies withStrong economic benefits – thebusiness structure maintained byBusiness DevelopmentCorporation (BDC)- Onion Lake Gas- Beretta Construction- Askiy Apoy- Onion Lake Energy
    11. 11. Other successful and profitable OLCN business operations include:1. Makaoo Mall Developments Ltd - retail and Fuel services2. Onion Lake Enterprises Ltd. - janitorial services3. All Nations Building Supplies Ltd - building materials and supplies4. Property Management - building & lands5. Onion Lake Health Inc. - medical office business operations6. OLCN Ambulance,7. Fire Protection8. Peace Keepers professional services9. Private-owned Member Businesses
    12. 12. OLCN recognizes a successful economic strategy is to diversify:The OLBDC allows us to build upon human capital and build capacity at home.We need a strong local economy that builds upon our strengths in the region.We are currently developing a comprehensive Economic Development Strategy that will help OLCN set strategic direction to ensure future success.We are creating an investment company, so we are proactive in identifying opportunities in a timely and organized fashion that fits with our investment criteria.We will grow Onion Lake Energy whereby we will develop our own resources but also capitalize on existing partnerships with companies like Black Pearl Resources and FOGO Energy Corp.We have recently signed 2 Treaties with other Nations to allow for future economic partnerships. (Shoshone USA Tribe and Wanska Energy Treaty)We are evaluating potential partnerships and ventures in other countries at this time as well.We bring in experts and tap the knowledge of our executive to implement these objectives.
    13. 13. Signing the TLE Framework Agreement allowed us a mechanism to own the mineral titles to our land and control the surface.We still are working to bring our Capital/Revenue Trust home to OLCN and this will be done this fiscal year.Having the right leadership and staff is critical to any nations success. We have stable leadership at OLCN and quality staff.Negotiating and signing various partnership agreements took time, money and goodwill on the sides of both parties.Investment on Educating our people and others as to the Economy and where OLCN is moving forward.Developing a relevant governance structures, financial laws, community plan, financing options, business/investment strategies are all ongoing.Thinking big and believing as a collective that we will achieve our VISION
    14. 14. Onion Lake Cree Nation hasset high standards, and takesadvantage of opportunities sowe may progress as a Nationto benefit future generations. Ekosi !