Roles, Responsibilities and Terms of Reference

Roles & Responsibilities

Every Member of the Council

  • Promotes harmony and interconnectedness between schools, Aboriginal Education Advisory Council and community.
  • Focuses on actions that are in the best interests of the Aboriginal school population.
  • Reports to Aboriginal Education Advisory Council as required.
  • Promotes awareness and understanding of the Aboriginal Education Advisory Council and Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreement to the community.
  • Seeks win/win solutions and the elimination of prejudice and discrimination.
  • Establishes sub committees, as required.
  • Honours the “No Blame” philosophy established by the Aboriginal Education Advisory Council.
  • Personal issues are to be dealt with at the school or District levels only – no exceptions.
  • Meeting attendance is required. Note: if two (2) School District No. 59 Dawson Creek Aboriginal Education Advisory Council meetings are missed within the current school year, you may be asked to step down as a Council Member.  Note: if three (3) School District No. 59 Chetwynd Aboriginal Education Advisory Council meetings are missed within the current school year, you may be asked to step down as a Council Member.

School/Parent Representative

  • Advises the school concerning priorities and needs for improving services to Aboriginal students.
  • Monitors and provides feedback to the District regarding Aboriginal budget.
  • Promotes positive parental involvement with the school.
  • Is part of planning for the delivery of services and activities, including programming to Aboriginal students, when appropriate.
  • Reports on issues (supported by data) around Aboriginal students at the school level (social, attendance, academic).
  • Is recommended to attend school PAC meetings.

Agency Representative

  • Represents their agency and membership.
  • Provides the Aboriginal Education Advisory Council with the agency’s purpose and descriptions of
  • programs, services and means of access and reports success of programs.
  • Works with the Aboriginal Education Advisory Council/School District towards cohesive services
  • for children.
  • Serves as a lobbyist for funding regarding social issues that hinder academic success.
  • Maintains accountability, openness and the building of relationships.

Elder Representative

  • Provides guidance, encouragement and wisdom in the knowledge and understanding of the diverse
  • local Aboriginal people to the Council.

Community Representative

  • Reviews delivery of existing programs in the community.

 

Terms of Reference

Mandate

The Aboriginal / First Nations / Métis / Advisory Council represents the interests of Aboriginal persons in
School District No. 59 (Peace River South) in increasing the academic achievement of Aboriginal learners.

Goals

  • Advise the School District concerning priorities and needs for improving services to Aboriginal students to ensure there is no difference in academic achievement and attendance rates between Aboriginal students and the rest of the student population.
  • Make recommendations to the School District relating to budget allocations to schools.
  • Review the services provided to support Aboriginal learners.
  • Serve as a lobby group for funding.
  • Promote awareness and understanding of the funding allocations and budgeting provisions as they relate to Aboriginal students.
  • Promote parental involvement in support of Aboriginal learners.
  • Engage in the planning of the delivery of services where appropriate.
  • Receive input from individuals/groups concerning needs or issues to be resolved.

Membership

  • One representative from each of the schools where there are Aboriginal students.
  • One representative from each of the following:
    • Aboriginal Family Resources
    • Dawson Creek Native Housing Society
    • Nawican Friendship Centre
    • Northeast Métis Society
    • Saulteau First Nations
    • West Moberly First Nations
    • Tansi Friendship Center
    • Moccasin Flats Metis Society
  • Four elders (who are long time residents) and four “Ad hoc” members selected by consensus of the representative of the schools and organizations.
  • All elders, parents, guardians and community members will be welcome to attend and to discuss the goals and the programs of the Aboriginal Education Council.
  • Youth representatives will be welcome.
  • Mentors to the Aboriginal Education Council will be the Aboriginal Liaison Teacher and a representative of the Superintendent of Schools.

Proposal Review

All proposals must meet the guidelines of the Ministry of Education, and be in harmony with all pertinent
law, human rights legislation and collective agreements.

Schools and the School District will report to the Council in November of each school year concerning the
programs in place, the general allocation of funds and the intended outcomes for Aboriginal students.

Individual schools, the School District and any other organizations representing the interests of Aboriginal
persons are to make detailed proposals to the Council for review no later than February of each school
year. All proposals that receive consensual support of Council will be forwarded to the School District for
consideration. Proposals will be prioritized by the Council.

The Council will receive a report from the School District concerning the implementation of all proposals
no later than May.

Meeting Procedures

Every second October, the Council will elect a Chairperson. A representative of the Superintendent of
Schools and the Chairperson will be responsible for the development of an agenda and the calling for
proposals.

A Secretary, employed by the School District and charged to the Aboriginal Education Budget, will record
the proceedings of all meetings and circulate minutes and attachments. There must be a quorum for each
meeting to proceed. A quorum will be 50% plus one member. Members of the media and general public
will be invited to attend but will have no voting privileges.

Guiding Principles

  • Promote harmony and interconnectedness of our community.
  • Focus on actions that are in the best interest of children.
  • Expect trustworthy behaviour.
  • Maintain accountability, openness and the building of relationships.
  • Seek win/win solutions and the elimination of prejudice and racism.

Amended February 3, 2011