Council Resolutions

This is a searchable catalogue of Resolutions passed by Council in 2024.

Resolutions are presented by the Chief, Deputy Chief or Councillors, and are required in order for a decision of the Council to be effective outside of a Council Meeting. All Council Resolutions must be approved by a quorum vote of Council present at a Council Meeting.

Passed Resolutions are signed during or following a Council Meeting and are published here within 15 days of the meeting.

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2024
Re: Community Emergency Declaration and Order to Respond to Flooding in Old Crow
Resolution CO2024-33
May 17, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) and community members in Old Crow have monitored snowfall and snowpack on the ground and forecast a significant risk for flooding around the time of break up.
  2. The Government of Yukon (YG) Water Resources Branch snowpack reports for 2024 indicate record levels of snowpack in North Yukon and the watershed around Old Crow and the YG Water Resources Branch has identified the risk of flooding in Old Crow in the Spring of 2024 as high.
  3. VGFN and YG have established a joint Unified Command governance model (“Unified Command”) with YG Incident Management Team to enable YG and VGFN staff and resources to work together, and include joint decision making at the VGFN Emergency Operations Centre;
  4. Warming temperatures, and upstream and downstream ice jams may affect water levels in the Porcupine River in the area of Old Crow.
  5. A number of houses and areas of community infrastructure are at risk of being affected and damaged by the potential flooding and people in some parts of Old Crow will likely need to be evacuated to a safe area.
  6. On May 17 YG Water Resources Branch issued a “Flood Watch” for Old Crow indicating the break-up is happening and the potential for flooding is in the next 24-48 hours.
  7. If Council reasonably believes that a Community emergency exists on Settlement Land, then Council may make a Community Emergency Declaration pursuant to section 5 of the Community Emergency Act (the “Act”) declaring that a Community Emergency exists within the meaning of the Act.
  8. If a Community Emergency Declaration is made under the Act, and Council reasonably believes that certain special temporary measures are necessary to address the existing Community Emergency, then Council may also make a Community Emergency Order under the Act to establish such special temporary measures.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:

Community Emergency Declaration

  1. This Community Emergency Declaration is hereby made by Council pursuant to section 5 of the Act inrelation to imminent flooding risk in Old Crow (the “May 2024 Emergency Declaration”).
  2. This May 2024 Emergency Declaration shall come into effect immediately upon this Council resolution being published in accordance with the section 5 of the Act and will remain in effect for a period of 90 days unless terminated earlier or extended pursuant to section 6 of the Act.

Community Emergency Orders

  1. These Community Emergency Orders are hereby made by Council pursuant to section 7of the Act establishing the following special temporary measures in relation to the May 2024 Emergency Declaration:

Designation and Authorization of Community Safety Officers

  1. Council designates the following persons as Community Safety Officers pursuant to section 10 of the Act for technical support based on the plans and structure of the Unified Command:

- Vernon Kyikavichik;
- Jeremy Brammer;
- Paul Josie;
- Rodger Barabonoff;
- Robert Kyikavichik;
- Clifton Nukon;
- Robert Linklater;
- Karl Hogue;
- Coleman Newell;
- Mike Rispin;
- Travis Frost; and
- Daniel Frost;
(the “VGFN CSOs”).

  1. The VGFN CSO’s shall have all powers and duties provided for by section 10 of the Act in relation to the May 2024 Emergency Declaration, which includes to:
  • promote the health, safety and welfare of persons on Settlement Land;
  • notify any persons on Settlement Land of the potential flood threat, including by posting signs and written notices;
    however, powers shall be exercised in accordance with the Unified Command structure.
  1. The persons designated as the VGFN CSO’s under this resolution shall cease to have such designation and to hold the powers and duties under section 10 of the Act upon notice of the Council and no later than the date on which the May 2024 Emergency Declaration expires or is cancelled.

Joint Command

  1. VGFN will continue to operate in a joint Unified Command governance model with YG IncidentManagement Team to enable YG and VGFN staff and resources to work together, and include joint decision making at the VGFN Emergency Operations Centre EOC level as well as with Chief and Council and the Minister. The Unified Command has the power to issue an evacuation alert.

Emergency funds

  1. The VGFN Executive Director has authority to authorize spending up to an additional $300,000 of the $1,000,000 allocated in the VGFN First Appropriations Act 2024-25 for the purpose of responding to the May 2024 Emergency Declaration, including entering into contracts for additional supports. This is in addition to the $200,000 previously authorized on April 17, 2024 by Council resolution.

Staff Compensation

  1. VGFN will pay overtime to staff including salaried staff for the duration of the May 2024 Emergency Declaration, using the VGFN Human Resources Policy section 10.8 for the process and terms for all staff including salaried staff, the Management Committee directive on this subject.

Travel to Old Crow

  1. VGFN Council supports the Unified Command team to issue a travel advisory recommending no travel to Old Crow for non-essential purposes.
    (collectively, the “May 17, 2024 Emergency Order”).
  1. This May 17, 2024 Emergency Order will come into effect immediately upon this Council resolution being published in accordance with section 8 of the Act and will remain in effect for the duration of the May 2024 Emergency Declaration.
  2. This May 17, 2024 Emergency Order may be amended at any time during the duration of the May 2024Emergency Declaration pursuant to section 9 of the Act.
This resolution

being duly approved by a consensus of the Council at a meeting duly convened on May 17, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik

24. Amendments to the Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement
Resolution CO2024-24
March 26, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) entered into the VGFN Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement with Canada effective April 1, 2019 (“SGFTA”) pursuant to 16.1 of the VGFN Self-Government Agreement;
  2. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) and Canada extended the term of the SGFTA by one year to a term that now ends March 31, 2025;
  3. VGFN and Canada now wish to amend the SGFTA in accordance with its provisions to:
  • provide a total of $193,534.58 in funding to support early learning and childcare services for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year and $205.343.12 for the 2024-25 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Early Learning and Child Care Amendment” attached to this resolution as Schedule 1;
  • provide a total of $143,858.00 in funding to support of the provision of social and welfare services for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Income Assistance Amendment” attached to this resolution as Schedule 2; and
  1. Council has reviewed and considered the SGFTA Amendment Agreements.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council approves the SGFTA Amendment Agreements and authorizes the Chief to sign the SGFTA Amendment Agreements on behalf of VGFN.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 26, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

23. Amendments to the Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement
Resolution CO2024-23
March 26, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) entered into the VGFN Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement with Canada effective April 1, 2019 (“SGFTA”) pursuant to 16.1 of the VGFN Self-Government Agreement;
  2. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) and Canada extended the term of the SGFTA by one year to a term that now ends March 31, 2025;
  3. Pursuant to sections 3.6 and 3.7 of the current Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement (the “SGFTA”), Canada is to pay the Annual Formula Grant for each Fiscal Year to the First Nation by way of scheduled bi-monthly instalments; and
  4. The Parties now wish to provide for Canada to pay and the First Nation to receive a larger portion of the Annual Formula Grant early in the Fiscal Year so that;
  • Canada shall pay to VGFN on or before the 10th working day of April, the full amount identified under the SGFTA for the 2024/2025 fiscal year; and
  • on or before the last working day of January 2025, Canada shall pay amounts as adjusted by all applicable adjustors for the Fiscal Year and including any amounts for the Fiscal Year which were not approved by Canada on or before the 10th working day of April, 2024.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council approves the SGFTA Amendment Agreement and authorizes the Chief to sign the SGFTA Amendment Agreement on behalf of VGFN.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 26, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

22. Exception to the Human Resources Policy Manual
Resolution CO2024-22
March 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The government of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) strives for strategic and effective management of employees in accordance with established policy;
  2. VGFN’s Personnel Policies Manual dated December 8, 2016 (“Personnel Policies Manual”), included a provision in which an employee who had five or more years of continuous employment would be entitled to be paid severance upon retirement (“the provision”);
  3. On January 14, 2022, VGFN implemented a Human Resources Policies Manual (“Human Resources Policies Manual”), which replaced the Personnel Policies Manual, and removed the provision, effective immediately;
  4. VGFN has received concerns regarding the removal of the provision and the impacts it had on long-term staff working under the Personnel Policies Manual; and
  5. Council wishes to ensure fairness in the administration of our employment relationships.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. An exception to the Human Resources Policies Manual be made to allow employees who retired within two years of the effective date of the policy (January 14, 2022), confirmed through employment records, to be paid the retirement severance in accordance with the Personnel Policies Manual.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

21. Continuation of Community Order Regarding Dangerous Offender
Resolution CO2024-21
March 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. On October 7, 2022, Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) passed resolution 10-07-2022 making a Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Community Emergency Act (the “Act”) for a period of 90 days regarding a dangerous offender, CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL SCHAFER, born April 17, 1977 (the “dangerous offender”). This declaration expired on January 5, 2023.
  2. On February 17, 2023, Council of the VGFN passed resolution 02-17-2023 - #05 making a further Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Act for another period of 90 days regarding the dangerous offender. This declaration expired on May 17, 2023.
  3. On May 30, 2023, Council of the VGFN passed resolution 05-30-2023-#29 making a further Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Act for another period of 90 days regarding the dangerous offender. This declaration expired on August 28, 2023.
  4. On September 14, 2023, Council of the VGFN passed resolution 09-14-2023-#49 making a further Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Act for another period of 90 days regarding the dangerous offender. This declaration will expire on December 13, 2023.
  5. On November 30, 2023, Council of the VGFN passed resolution 11-30-2023-#65 making a further Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Act for another period of 90 days regarding the dangerous offender. The declaration expired on February 28, 2024.
  6. Council continues to reasonably believe, in the circumstances, that:
  • the dangerous offender poses a preventable, foreseeable, imminent, or actual danger to life, health and safety on VGFN Settlement Land which constitutes a “Community Emergency” within the meaning of the Act; and
  • certain special temporary measures are necessary to address the preventable, foreseeable, imminent, or actual danger to life, health and safety posed by the dangerous offender.
  1. Council wishes to make a new Community Emergency Declaration and Order under the Act for another period of 90 days regarding the dangerous offender.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:

Community Emergency Declaration

  1. This Community Emergency Declaration is hereby made by Council pursuant to section 5 of the Act in relation to the dangerous offender.
  2. This Community Emergency Declaration shall come into effect immediately upon this Council resolution being published in accordance with the section 5 of the Act and will remain in effect for a period of 90 days, to June 19, 2024, unless terminated earlier or extended pursuant to section 6 of the Act.

Community Emergency Order

  1. This Community Emergency Order is hereby made by Council pursuant to section 7(a) of the Act establishing the following special temporary measures in relation to the Community Emergency Declaration set out above:
  • the dangerous offender is hereby prohibited from entering, accessing, using or otherwise being upon VGFN Settlement Land due to the preventable, foreseeable, imminent, and actual risks posed to life, health and safety on Settlement Land if the dangerous offender is permitted to return to Old Crow upon release from custody.
  • no person shall counsel, aid or abet the dangerous offender in entering, accessing, using or otherwise being upon VGFN Settlement Land contrary to the special temporary measure set out under paragraph 3(a) of this Community Emergency Order.
  1. This Community Emergency Order will come into effect immediately upon this Council resolution being published in accordance with section 8 of the Act and will remain in effect for the duration of the Community Emergency Declaration set out above.
  2. This Community Emergency Order may be amended at any time during the duration of the Community Emergency Declaration pursuant to section 9 of the Act.
  3. Any person who does not comply with this Community Emergency Order commits an offence under the Act and is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of six months.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

20. Management Committee
Resolution CO2024-20
March 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The 2006 version of the Constitution of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) established and defined a Management Committee;
  2. The 2019 version of the Constitution of the VGFN removed the definition of the Management Committee;
  3. The Management Committee is still referenced in the Governance Act as a key body necessary for the administration of VGFN;
  4. The Management Committee is referenced in existing government policies;
  5. Management Committee is currently undefined;
  6. Council wishes to define the Management Committee.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The Management Committee for the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation will consist of:

- Chief Pauline Frost
- Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr. 
- Executive Director Erin Linklater
- Director of Finance Ronda Jordan

This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

19. First Appropriation Act 2024-25
Resolution CO2024-19
March 19, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“Council”) approves of the budget estimates submitted by the Director of Finance for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2025.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  • The First Appropriation Act 2024-2025 shall come into force and have effect as of 12:01A.M. on the 1st day of April 2024.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 19, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

18. Agreement for Grooming, Operation, Maintenance, Delivery/ Removal or freight and Decommissioning of the Old Crow Snow Road
Resolution CO2024-18
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Government of Yukon has granted VGG a Licence of Occupation to occupy certain non-Settlement Lands for the purpose of constructing and using a winter road between Eagle Plains and Old Crow between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2031;
  2. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) wishes to operate a snow road during the month of March 2024, and subject to extension granted by Yukon Government under the Licence of Occupation, April 2024, to support the delivery of equipment and materials required for the construction of a new Warehouse Assembly Building (“Warehouse”) planned for Old Crow;
  3. VGFN has negotiated a contract (the “Snow Road Contract”) with Arctic Terrain Transport Inc. (“ATTI”) to groom, operate, maintain, deliver and remove freight and decommission a Snow Road pursuant to the Licence of Occupation and other terms and conditions;
  4. VGFN has issued a Land Use Permit to Arctic Terrain Transport Inc. (“ATTI”) which authorizes the construction and use of a winter road within Vuntut Gwitchin Settlement Lands R-6A and R-11A , between January 15, 2024 and April 1, 2026, subject to the terms and conditions therein;
  5. VGFN has conducted a legal review of the Snow Road Contract and all supporting documents;
  6. VGFN has obtained a financial commitment of;
  • $7.5 million from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for the construction of a Warehouse Assembly Building (“Warehouse”) that will help fund the cost of the Snow Road Contract;
  • $3 million from Yukon Government to expand the new Warehouse for YG purposes, which brings the total project budget to $10.5 million that can be used to fund the cost of the Snow Road Project for brining in the required materials and equipment;
  1. VGFN anticipates this funding, paired with contracts with third parties to use the Snow Road, will cover the cost of the Snow Road Contract;
  2. In the event that VGFN does not have the cash from these financial commitments right away, VGFN Chief and Council support interim financing the cost of the Snow Road project for an amount up to a maximum of the Snow Road Contract from the $3,372,732 Vuntut Gwitchin Trust promissory note funds currently held by VGFN;
  3. ATTI is experienced, knowledgeable and has the appropriate assets to complete the Project;
  4. The Chief and Council has the authority to award contracts and service agreements.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Arctic Terrain Transport Inc. be awarded the Snow Road Contract for Grooming, Operation, Maintenance, Delivery/ Removal or freight and Decommissioning of the Old Crow Snow Road.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

17. Appointment to the Enrollment Committee
Resolution CO2024-17
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“Council”) has the authority to appoint members to boards and committees of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation;
  2. Council Resolution CO2024-05 appointed members and alternates to the Enrollment Committee.
  3. An Elder with significant knowledge of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation ancestry has expressed interest in serving on the Enrollment Committee; and
  4. Council wishes to appoint an additional member to the Committee.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:

The following individual is appointed to the Enrollment Committee, subject to their consent:

  • Randal Tetlichi
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

16. Fuel Price Increases
Resolution CO2024-16
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The government of Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) manages the import and sale of fuel;
  2. VGFN has a set price for fuel for residents and non-residents and has not changed these prices for a number of years;
  3. Fuel costs have increased but this increase has not been reflected in the fuel prices charged by VGFN; and
  4. Council wishes to set new fuel prices in order to help cover costs.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Fuel prices are increased as per below:
  1. VGFN’s Finance Department will review fuel prices twice annually and return to Council if amendments to fuel prices are recommended in order to cover fuel costs.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

15. Disbursement Committee Recommendation to Council
Resolution CO2024-15
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government Council (“Council”) established the Terms of Reference for the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Disbursement Committee (“Committee”) through Council Resolution 02-17-2023-#04 which tasked the Committee with making decisions on the disbursement of government funds, resources, and benefits in accordance with government program criteria;
  2. The Committee considered the allocation of housing units during a meeting of the Committee on February 28, 2024;
  3. The Committee has provided a recommendation to Council regarding the allocation of housing units;
  4. Council has considered the Committee’s recommendation.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council adopts the recommendation of the Disbursement Committee out of their meeting on February 28, 2024 regarding the allocation of housing units.
  2. That these units are allocated as soon as occupancy permits are received.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

14. Disbursement Committee Recommendation to Council
Resolution CO2024-14
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government Council (“Council”) established the Terms of Reference for the Vuntut Gwitchin Government Disbursement Committee (“Committee”) through Council Resolution 02-17-2023-#04 which tasked the Committee with making decisions on the disbursement of government funds, resources, and benefits in accordance with government program criteria;
  2. The Committee considered requests received for education and training funding during a meeting of the Committee on February 28, 2024;
  3. The Committee has provided a recommendation to Council regarding the allocation of funding for education and training;
  4. Council has considered the Committee’s recommendation.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council adopts the recommendation of the Disbursement Committee out of their meeting on February 28, 2024 regarding the allocation of funding for education and training.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

13. Chief and Council Leadership on Traditional Territory
Resolution CO2024-13
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Constitution calls for either the Chief or Deputy Chief to be present on the Traditional Territory at all times;
  2. From time to time the Chief and Deputy Chief must attend to matters outside the Traditional Territory, such as government business or family matters;
  3. Chief Pauline Frost and Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr. are each required to travel out of the Traditional Territory from March 14 to March 19, 2024;
  4. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Constitution states that in the event that both the Chief and Deputy Chief must be absent, an interim Deputy Chief shall be appointed.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. To ensure leadership presence on the Traditional Territory, Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti is appointed as interim Deputy Chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation for the period of March 14 to March 19, 2024.
  2. Councillor Reti will be present on Traditional Territory during the absence of Chief Pauline Frost and Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr.
  3. Chief Pauline Frost and Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr. will be available for remote communications to maintain quorum of the Council, to the extent that is practical.
  4. In the event of any governance questions, Chief Pauline Frost will be the spokesperson.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

12. Council Resolutions
Resolution CO2024-12
March 9, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) Constitution establishes a Council as a branch of the government of VGFN;
  2. Council has the duties and powers prescribed to it under the Constitution to, among others, set clear policies and guidelines and ensure good management and reporting in all aspects of the government within the jurisdiction of the Council;
  3. Decisions of Council are made through Council Resolution;
  4. VGFN would benefit from a clearer, more user-friendly, template for Council Resolutions;
  5. VGFN would benefit from timelier signatures on Council Resolutions;
  6. Council has reviewed the proposed template for Council Resolutions.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The new template for Council Resolutions is used for Council Resolutions here and going forward.
  2. Resolutions of Council approved since January 1, 2024, will be updated to the new format for Council Resolutions.
  3. Members of Council may sign Council Resolutions in hard copy or electronically.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on ​March 9, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

11. Appointment of Executive Director
Resolution CO2024-11
February 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Section 6 (1) of the Vuntut Gwitchin Governance Act, states “On the recommendation of the Chief, the Council shall, by resolution, appoint a person to be the Executive Director”;
  2. Section 6(2) states “The Executive Director is the senior administrative officer of the government and reports to the Chief”; and
  3. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief and Council wish to appoint an Executive Director.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Erin Linklater is appointed as Executive Director for Vuntut Gwitchin Government.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (absent), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

10. Organization of Vuntut Gwitchin Government
Resolution CO2024-10
February 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) Constitution establishes a Chief and Council;
  2. Per Part 2 of the Governance Act, Council appoints an Executive Director as the senior administrative officer of the government;
  3. The Executive Director shall direct all the affairs of the government, other than the financial affairs assigned to the Director of Finance;
  4. The organization of Vuntut Gwitchin Government is an administrative responsibility of the Executive Director; and
  5. The Executive Director has provided a proposed revised Organization Chart of Vuntut Gwitchin Government to Council for their consideration in relation to budgetary requirements.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council supports the revised Organization Chart as presented by the Executive Director for budgetary purposes.
  2. The Executive Director will work to implement changes associated with the revised Organization Chart in collaboration with the Department Directors and Managers, as appropriate, to ensure it is done in a good way.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

9. Amendments to the Self Government Financial Transfer Agreement
Resolution CO2024-09
February 21, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) entered into the VGFN Self-Government Financial Transfer Agreement with Canada effective April 1, 2019 (“SGFTA”) pursuant to 16.1 of the VGFN Self-Government Agreement;
  2. Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (“VGFN”) and Canada extended the term of the SGFTA by one year to a term that now ends March 31, 2025; and
  3. The Job Evaluation Plan informed new salary bands in the 2023-24 Salary Table; and
  4. VGFN and Canada now wish to amend the SGFTA in accordance with its provisions to:
  • provide a total of $44,573 in enhanced funding to support post-secondary education programming for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Post-Secondary Education Program Amendment” attached to this resolution as Schedule 1;
  • provide a total of $168,943 in funding to support adult education programming for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year and $168,943 for the 2024-25 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Adult Education Program Amendment” attached to this resolution as Schedule 2;
  • provide a total of $102,938 in enhanced funding to support family violence prevention programming for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Family Violence Amendment” attached to this resolution as Schedule 3; and
  • provide a total of $87,870 in enhanced funding to support capital infrastructure priorities for the 2023-24 Fiscal Year and $87,870 for the 2024-25 Fiscal Year as set out in the “Infrastructure NO. 4” attached to this resolution as Schedule 4; and
  • provide a total of $620,164 in enhanced funding to support Indigenous language programming for the 2023-24 fiscal year as set out in the “Indigenous Languages (“ILC”)  NO.3 attached to this resolution as Schedule 5; (collectively, the “SGFTA Amendment Agreements”); and
  1. Council has reviewed and considered the SGFTA Amendment Agreements.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council approves the SGFTA Amendment Agreements and authorizes the Chief to sign the SGFTA Amendment Agreements on behalf of VGFN.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 21, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

8. Yukon First Nation Energy Working Group
Resolution CO2024-08
February 6, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Continuing work towards the formation of a First Nations Energy Working Group (YFNEWG) was endorsed by Leadership at the Council of Yukon First Nation (CYFN) First Nation Energy Summit, which took place in December 2023;
  2. The mandate of the YFNEWG would be to produce recommended next steps surrounding key priority areas identified during the Energy Summit;
  3. VGG representatives at the Summit and other meetings have emphasized that the interests of Old Crow as an off-grid community with limited access must be taken into account by the working group for it to be effective for VGFN;
  4. The draft terms of reference for the YFNEWG are generally acceptable but should make specific reference to First Nations with off-grid remote communities; and
  5. The YFNEWG may provide increased access to opportunities for VGFN, but experience with the working group is needed to determine if there is a long-term benefit to VGFN.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. VGG endorses proceeding with the formation of the Yukon First Nation Energy Working Group and nominates the VGG Energy Advisor to participate on behalf of VGG.
  2. VGG ask that the terms of reference for the working group be revised to specifically reflect the interests of off-grid and remote communities.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 6, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik

7. Endorsement of Revised Vuntut National Park Management Plan
Resolution CO2024-07
February 6, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Parks Canada has prepared a revised management plan for Vuntut National Park based on collaborative review by Canada and Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Council endorses the revised plan and authorizes Chief to sign off on it.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 6, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik

6. Leave from Council
Resolution CO2024-06
February 6, 2024
WHEREAS:
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. Authorizes Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik’s absence from VGFN Council for a period of up to 90 days.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on February 6, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (abstain)

5. Appointments to the Enrollment Committee
Resolution CO2024-05
January 25, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) considers the control of its Citizenship to be its fundamental right and responsibility;
  2. The VGFN Constitution establishes procedures for citizenship for VGFN;
  3. Per Article III Citizenship of the Constitution, citizenship of VGFN shall be determined by the Citizenship Code of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation through the authority of the Review Council;
  4. Article XII Review Council states that the Review Council means the body responsible for serving as the Citizenship/ Enrollment Committee;
  5. VGFN does not currently have a Review Council nor legislation that sets out the scope and authority of the Review Council;
  6. Article IX Council Duties and Powers of the Constitution states that the duties and powers of the Council also shall include exercising such powers and doing such things as may be necessary to fulfill the objects of this Constitution;
  7. In absence of the Review Council, Council is choosing to strike an Enrollment Committee to support the Enrollment Officer in the review current enrollment list and to consider future enrollment applications; and
  8. Council has the authority to appoint members to boards, committees and Councils of VGFN.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The following individuals or positions are appointed to the Enrollment Committee, subject to their consent:

- Enrollment Officer (Chair)
- Sandra Charlie
- Brenda Frost
- Dorothy Thomas
- Katherine Peter
- Teresa Frost
- William Linklater (as alternate)
- Roger Kyikavichik (as alternate)
- Roger Kyikavichik.

This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on January 25, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

4. Appointments to the Hiring Committee
Resolution CO2024-04
January 25, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government (“VGG”) strives for strategic and effective management of employees starting with a fair and inclusive hiring process.
  2. The VGG Human Resources Department is responsible for leading the hiring process;
  3. Ensuring that a broad range of perspectives are included when evaluating potential candidates would contribute to fair and inclusive decisions;
  4. Council wishes to strike a Hiring Committee to support the VGG Human Resources Department hiring process; and
  5. Council has the authority to appoint members to boards, committees and Councils of VGFN.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The following individuals or positions are appointed to the Hiring Committee, subject to their consent:

- Director or Manager of Human Resources (Chair)
- Jennifer Kyikavichik
- Sandra Charlie
- Brenda Frost
- William Linklater
- Roger Kyikavichik

  1. The Hiring Committee will undergo Human Resources recruitment training to support them in their role.
  2. When proceeding through the hiring process, at least one citizen from the Hiring Committee will participate in the process alongside the Director or Manager of Human Resources and the applicable Departmental representative.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on January 25, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

3. Appointments to the Health and Wellness Committee
Resolution CO2024-03
January 25, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. Under the direction of Chief and Council, the Vuntut Gwitchin Government (“VGG”) is prioritizing the health and well-being of our citizens;
  2. The VGG Health and Social Services Department is currently developing a Community Wellness Strategy with goals that will focus on enhancing the well-being of our people;
  3. Council wishes to strike a Health and Wellness Committee, as an advisory body to Council, to support the VGG Health and Social Services Department in supporting the health and well-being of our citizens including through the implementation of the Community Wellness Strategy; and
  4. Council has the authority to appoint members to boards, committees and Councils of VGFN
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The following individuals or positions are appointed to the Health and Wellness Committee, subject to their consent:

- Director of Health and Social Services (Chair)
- Brianna Lord
- Glenna Tetlichi
- Jennifer Kyikavichik
- Neta Arnold
- Roger Kyikavichik
- Youth Citizen (to be identified)
- Sandra Charlie (as alternate)
- Sherri Lynn Frost (as alternate)
- Teresa Frost (as alternate)
- William Linklater (as alternate)

This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on January 25, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater (abstain), Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik (absent)

2. Revised Housing Policy
Resolution CO2024-02
January 4, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN) Constitution establishes the Vuntut Gwitchin Government (VGG) and a Council;
  2. Council has the duties and powers prescribed to it under the Constitution to, among others, set clear policies and guidelines and ensure good management and reporting in all aspects of the Vuntut Gwitchin Government within the jurisdiction of the Council;
  3. VGG owns a number of housing units in Old Crow that make up the rental housing inventory of the VGG housing program which is operated in accordance with the VGG 2006 Housing Policy (“Housing Policy”); and
  4. Council wishes to update the 2006 Housing Policy; and
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Housing Policy–2024 is approved and effective immediately.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on January 4, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik

1. Approval of Job Evaluation Plan
Resolution CO2024-01
January 4, 2024
WHEREAS:
  1. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government (“VGG”) underwent a re-organization and re-structuring exercise under the previous Chief and Council which included using the VGG Job Evaluation Plan (“Job Evaluation Plan”) to assess jobs so that VGG is compensating employees fairly and managing the government’s fiscal resources responsibly;
  2. The Vuntut Gwitchin Government has completed a review of its internal structure in accordance with Council Resolution 01-20-2023-#02;
  3. The Job Evaluation Plan informed new salary bands in the 2023-24 Salary Table; and
  4. The Job Evaluation Plan was never formally approved.
THEREFORE, the Council of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation resolves that:
  1. The VGG Job Evaluation Plan is hereby approved.
This resolution

being duly approved by a quorum of the Council at a meeting duly convened on January 4, 2024 in Old Crow, Yukon.

Chief Pauline Frost, Deputy Chief Harold Frost Jr., Councillor Debra-Leigh Reti, Councillor Crystal Linklater, Councillor Vernon Kyikavichik

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