The Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council
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ASSEMBLY OF FIRST NATIONS

NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL

     TERMS OF REFERENCE  

 

 

 

1. PURPOSE

 

The purpose of the National Youth Council is to:

 

1.      Be a positive role model.

 

2.      Bring youth issues with recommendations and/or solutions forward and share ideas to take back to our communities.

 

3.      Be involved with the AFN through the Executive Committee, Confederacy meetings, Annual General Meetings and Chief’s Committee meetings.

 

4.      Support and work with regional youth initiatives.

 

5.      Build positive working relationships with other National/International Youth Councils.

 

6.      Act as a resource and a representative for the community, territory, regional and national levels.

 

7.      Work with AFN to raise financial resources to support the activities of the National Youth Council.

 

8.      Advocate for programs and partnerships for youth activities.

 

9.      Build positive working relationships with communities, governments and organizations.

 

 

2. MEMBERSHIP

 

1.      The membership of the National Youth Council Shall consist of two youth representatives -  1 male and 1 female - from each of the ten regions of the Assembly of First Nations.

 

2.      Membership is limited to First Nations Youth.

 

3.      One alternate (male or female) from each of the ten regions will be identified for  the National Youth Council.

 

4.      Each region shall determine their one male and one female representative between the ages of 16 and 29 inclusive, and appoint them to the National Youth Council.

 

5.      The National Youth Council shall be appointed for a term of up to three years and shall be eligible for reappointment.

 

6.      Based on the appointment process in each region, every attempt will be made to replace only four regional representatives per fiscal year.

 

 

3. REPRESENTATION

 

Chairpersons:

 

1.      The National Youth Council will elect, or appoint by consensus two Chairpersons, one male and one female, representative of east and west (which will also include the north).

 

2.      The two Chairpersons will act as spokespersons on behalf of the National Youth Council as required.

 

3.      The two National Youth Council Chairpersons shall be advisory members to the AFN Executive Committee.

 

4.      The National Youth Council members will vote on the Chairpersons positions during a National Youth Council meeting at an AFN Annual General Assembly.

 

5.      The Chairperson(s), after their one year term may seek re-election for the Chair positions.

 

Executive Committee:

 

1.      The National Youth Council will elect, or appoint by consensus by members of the Council, two additional representatives, to participate on an Executive Committee for a term of 1 year in length.

 

2.      The National Youth Council members will vote on the Executive positions during an National Youth Council meeting at an AFN Annual General Assembly.

 

3.      At least two executive representatives of the National Youth Council, chosen by consensus by members of the Council shall participate in all Annual General Assemblies and Confederacy of Nations meetings.

 

4.      One of the Executive Committee members will be responsible for communications.

 

5.      National Youth Council members shall not volunteer to participate on the Executive Committee unless they are confident that they are able to commit to meetings and the time required for this appointment.

 

Sub-committees

 

 

There will be four separate sub-committees; Cultural, Economic, Political, and Social.  These Sub-committees will include the identified portfolios as held by the Assembly of First Nations Vice-Chiefs.

 

CULTURAL

ECONOMIC

POLITICAL

SOCIAL

Education

Culture

Environment

Land & Resources

Treaties

Health

Economic

Human Resource Development

Fiscal Relations & Governance

Lands & Resources

Health

Treaties

Fiscal relations & Governance

Communications, Media, & Public Education

RCAP Agenda

Intergovernmental & Constitution Affairs

Health

Social Human Resources

Housing & Infrastructure

Justice & Policing

Sports, Recreation & Youth

Veterans

Health

 

4. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL MEMBERS

 

1.      The National Youth Council may discuss any questions or any matter within the scope of the AFN Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any organs provided for in the AFN Charter.

 

2.      All National Youth Council members will adhere to the National Youth Council Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct.

 

3.      All National Youth Council members will sign the Letter of Commitment.

 

4.      The National Youth Council will represent First Nation youth perspectives in all political, social, economic, cultural and traditional matters.

 

5.      The National Youth Council will provide communication that will be a continual circle between community, regional and national.

 

6.      National Youth Council Members have a commitment to be positive role models and promote a positive lifestyle. Alcohol and drug use will not be tolerated while on National Youth Council Business.

 

7.      National Youth Council members must be respectful.

 

8.      National Youth Council members agree to regular attendance at National Youth Council meetings and conference calls.  Unexplained absences or habitual lack of attendance will be reviewed by the National Youth Council.

 

9.      National Youth Council members must be punctual for National Youth Council meetings and while on National Youth Council business.

 

10. National Youth Council members will volunteer to sit on sub-committees of the National Youth Council.

 

11. National Youth Council members will be responsible for at least one portfolio as listed under the four different sub-committees and work with the Vice Chief/Committees responsible for that portfolio for the duration of their term.

 

12. National Youth Council members will follow up on all business directly affecting youth, including past AFN resolutions.

 

13. National Youth Council members will reply to all requests for response within the time frame given.

 

14. If a National Youth Council member fails to respond to National Youth Council business for a period of 1 month the following action will take place: A letter of notice will be sent to the member’s region requesting clarification on the status of the National Youth Council member.  If the member is not prepared to adhere to the Letter of Commitment or Code of Conduct the region will be asked to replace the member within a 4 week period of receiving the letter of notice from National Youth Council.

 

15. Past members of the National Youth Council may be invited to participate at National Youth Council meetings as observers or facilitators.

 

 

5. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITES OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

1.      The Executive Committee members are responsible for reporting to the National Youth Council once a month on their activities. The Executive Committee will appoint one of the Executive members to be Communications Officer.

 

2.      The Executive Committee will act on immediate national crisis issues and situations.

 

3.      The Executive Committee is responsible for participating in portfolios not yet allocated to a National Youth Council member as well as international portfolios and intergovernmental affairs.

 

4.      The Executive Committee is responsible for active participation on the AFN Executive Committee.

 

5.      Executive committee members will be involved directly with public relations for National Youth Council initiatives.

 

6.      The Executive Committee will be responsible for identifying National Youth Council member participation on government and non-government committees and forums.

 

7.      The Executive Committee will have an open working relationship with the Youth Policy Analyst.

 

 

6. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL CHAIRPERSONS

 

1.      The Chairpersons will be responsible for reporting to the AFN Executive Committee, the Confederacy of Nations, as well as Annual General Assemblies, on current National Youth Council activities.

 

2.      The Chairpersons will be responsible for preparing a summary of any meetings attended on the outcomes of such said meeting, to the Executive Committee members.

 

3.      Chairpersons are responsible, with the assistance of the Youth Policy Analyst for facilitating, chairing and preparing of agendas for all National Youth Council meetings and conference calls.

 

 

7. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUB COMMITTEES

 

1.      Sub committee members are responsible for actively participating in Chiefs committee meetings associated with their sub committee portfolios.

 

2.      Sub committee members are responsible for providing sufficient notice to the Executive Committee if they are unable to attend Chiefs committee meetings, so that an alternate may be selected.

 

3.      Sub committee members are responsible for the planning and development of information related to their portfolios.

 

 


8. REPORTING

 

1.      National Youth Council members will provide quarterly verbal regional updates on activities of the National Youth Council and work completed within their own area.

 

2.      National Youth Council members will prepare summary reports within one month of attending meetings, including but not limited to Sub-Committee meetings, Chiefs Committee meetings, National Working Groups, Regional Working Groups.  All of the summary reports of meetings will include at minimum 2 pages of the following information: who was involved, issues raised, what was discussed/recommended, what are the benefits of the meeting, what are the outcomes and ongoing process and when the next meeting will be held.

 

3.      National youth Council members will prepare one annual report from each region to be posted on the web-site and shared in hard copy at the AFN Annual General Assembly.

 

 
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