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Terms of Reference for the Political Confederacy

To assist the PC members in the performance of their political responsibilities and to provide advice and guidance as required concerning such matters as policy, planning and priorities among issues addressed by the Chiefs in Assembly.

To coordinate the policy development and initiatives of the various mechanisms and to adopt measures to facilitate communications, cooperation, exchange and disclosure of information and to ensure compliance with political directives of the Chiefs in Assembly.

To convene regular meetings with the heads of the various mechanisms in order to provide for joint planning and direction as a further measure for the coordination and monitoring of the progress of the various mechanisms.

To oversee the dissemination of information to and from the First Nations leadership in the Province.

To perform its mandate for setting policy, establishing priorities and developing plans consistent with the political will and direction of the Chiefs of Ontario as expressed from time-to-time by the PC and the annual assemblies of the Chiefs of Ontario.

In the exercise of its terms of reference, the Committee shall function at all times as a unit.

Direction on specific issues is received through those resolutions passed at the annual assemblies of the All Ontario Chiefs Conference, and carried out by the Chiefs office in its capacity as a coordinating body.

Mandate:

The mandate, composition and terms of the Ontario Political Confederacy was adopted by the Ontario Chiefs in Assembly/1984 through Resolution 84/19 as outlined:

Composition:

Seven (7) representatives selected from the Confederacy of Nation, plus the Regional Chief = eight (8) members

2 - Nishnawbe-Aski Nation
2 - Union of Ontario Indians
1 - Grand Council Treaty # 3
1 - Association of Iroquois & Allied Indians
1 - Independent First Nations
1 - Ontario Regional Chief (who acts as the Facilitator/Chairman)

Meetings:

The Political Confederacy attempts to meet on a regular monthly basis. The purpose of these meetings enable the leadership the opportunity to review and address those issues confronting First Nations. The issues come through those various forms of policies and legislation passed by the federal and provincial governments which do not take into consideration the rights of First Nations. The PC come together to develop strategic plans of action based on a consolidated approach to address those concerns.

Selection of Members:

Each respective area will select its own representative ie: Chiefs, Councillors, Association, Grand Chiefs, Tribal Chairman, etc.