Our Government

As laid out in our Constitution, the Toquaht Nation’s governance structure is made up of 3 pillars:

  • the People’s Assembly
  • the Council
  • the Executive Branch of Council (“the Executive”)

The infographic below shows how the Toquaht Government is laid out. It also shows how our corporate structure ensures the separation of business and politics. Click on the infographic to enlarge it or print it off, and click here to watch this infographic come to life.

Scroll down for a full description of our 3 pillars of government: the People’s Assembly, the Council, and Executive.


The People’s Assembly

As required by our Constitution, a People’s Assembly is held at least 4 times per year. The People’s Assembly is one of our 3 pillars of governance. It gives Toquaht citizens (the muschim) the opportunity to give direction and input to the Toquaht Council. For example, if Toquaht citizens pass a resolution at a People’s Assembly, Toquaht law requires Council to consider the resolution and vote on it. Check out our Events Calendar to find out when the next People’s Assembly is, and note that every July we hold a People’s Assembly at Macoah called “Macoah Days.” If there is one time of year to come home for a visit, it’s for “Macoah Days” in July!

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Macoah Days, July 2014.

 

Toquaht Council

Toquaht has a hereditary and elected “hybrid” governance structure. As shown on the infographic, there are 2 hereditary “standing” seats, plus 3 elected Councillors who serve 4-year terms.

Council’s responsibility is to advance the Toquaht Nation’s success. Members of Council are stewards of the Toquaht Nation and are responsible to uphold the integrity of our affairs. Council enact Toquaht laws, which are then implemented by the Toquaht Government Administration.

The current Council (except the hereditary leaders) was elected on September 21, 2015, and is serving a 4-year term. Its members are:

 

Chief Anne Mack
Chief Anne Mack
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Kevin Mack
Kevin Mack
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Kirsten Johnsen
Kirsten Johnsen
Elected Member of Council

 

Naomi Mack
Naomi Mack
Elected Member of Council

Noah Plonka
Noah Plonka
Elected Member of Council

 

Executive Branch of Council (“the Executive”)

The Executive is made up of Councillors who are appointed to hold a specific portfolio. Current portfolios are:

  • Chairperson
  • Finance
  • Community Services
  • Lands, Public Works and Environmental Protection & Resource Harvesting

The Executive is responsible to enforce the laws that are enacted by Toquaht Council, and develops any necessary regulations. Executive oversees the Toquaht Nation’s “day-to-day” affairs, financial administration and operations by liaising with the Toquaht Government Administration’s Director of Operations.

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Toquaht’s first Council (2011-2015) under treaty.