Note: The Pacheedaht First Nation, though Nuu-chah-nulth by culture and language, is not a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Similarly the closely related Ditidaht of the Ditidaht First Nation and the Makah people of the other side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca are not members of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.
The NTC provides programs and services to approximately 8,000 registered members, of which about 2,000 live off reserve (NTC, 2008a). The Central Region is by far the largest component of the NTC at the present time.
The role of the NTC is to represent its member nations and provide a variety of programs and services to them. It can coordinate projects (i.e., fisheries, training), oversee issues that overlap jurisdictions and can take advantage of economies of scale or cross regional planning opportunities. As well, it can act as a sounding board and coordinator on many issues of common concern. The NTC operates many programs that help further the wellbeing of the communities within their sphere of influence. The NTC provides programs for its members in the following areas:
- Child Welfare
- Economic Development
- Education & Training
- Financial Administrative Support
- Employment & Training
- Infrastructure Development
- Newspaper (Ha-Shilth-Sa)
- Social Development
- Teechuktl (mental health)
The NTC works with its membership through a programs/services funding formula where each nation receives some portion of their funding based on population and some portion of their funding based on program application. Some programs (child welfare, fisheries, and training) are administered by NTC staff on behalf of the bands. As treaties are negotiated or as capacities build within individual nations, new funding agreements are being negotiated annually. This is shifting the emphasis away from centralized programs towards a greater degree of band-management.
The Nuu-cha-nulth Tribal Council draws on the resources of fourteen tribes to provide staff and expertise. Not all staff, however, are members of its member nations. The NTC is presided over by a President, Vice-President and an Executive Director. To ensure all areas have access to the administrative body, staff positions are organized to ensure staff coverage for all regions. These include office managers for the Southern and Central Region and Northern Region, secretaries, receptionists and a file clerk. The NTC Board of Directors is comprised of the elected Chiefs from each Nation.
Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council
5001 Mission Road, PO Box 1383, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 7M2
t: (250) 724-5757 f: (250) 723-0463
President: Mexis, Tom Happynook
Vice President: Michelle Corfield
Executive Director: Florence Wylie
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