The political role of Chief and Council is to represent their members' interests, to be advocates and to have an open personal and professional working relationship with all members.
As community leaders, Chief and Council deal with inquiries from members that my lead to the investigation and possible resolution, of an important issue. The issue may be significant and require the personal attention of their elected representatives. Council members should list to their members' views but should not create the impression or expectation they can resolve the issue alone. Councillors are expected to bring important issues to Council meeting for discussion. By pursuing relevant issue, Chief and Council gain the confidence of members and build successful First Nation government.
Advocacy (active support) Role
As leaders, Chief and Council become advocates for community needs and concerns. This means Chief and Council sometimes have to lobby or negotiate agreements with other levels of government or participate in regional, provincial meetings.
Public Relations Role with Members
Since Chief and Council are trustees for the membership, they must communicate regularly with the members, listen to the member's views and wishes, and report progress and financial condition to the members. The best protection for both the community and Chief and Council in fulfilling its fiduciary (one who holds something in trust for another) obligations is to:
- Maintain good communications so the members are aware of the key issues Chief and Council are dealing with.
- Ensure Chief and Council consult with community members on important decisions.
- Chief and Council can meet this responsibility by opening Chief and Council meetings to members having frequent General Meetings and by issuing newsletters or information circulators (reports). In addition, although not acting officially, the Chief, individual councilors and the Executive Director of Operations should be prepared to listen to opinions and concerns when they meet community members