Welcome to the first blog post of the Toquaht Nation! Over the past few months, we were told very specifically by Toquaht citizens that you want to hear more about what the Nation is up to. Check out this blog regularly, as we will be making updates to let you know what’s happening. You can also check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date.
To start, the Toquaht Nation government administration has seen a lot of change over the past few years. Not only did we begin implementing our treaty 4 years ago (which was a massive shift), we also did a staff re-organization about a year ago. Some people transitioned into new positions, some new people were hired, and some people have moved along. (PS – Check out the Meet Our Staff page to see who is doing what these days.)
This re-organization took place because when we began implementing the Maa-nulth treaty as well as our new Toquaht laws, our staff requirements changed. There are some positions that are required under Toquaht law, and we needed to make sure that our organizational structure matched what is required under Toquaht law.
Some of the big changes that have happened are at the Director level. Our Director of Community Services, Anne Mack, recently stepped down from her position to focus on her other very important position – our tyee ha’wilth. This shift will give Anne more time to focus on serving Toquaht citizens as their Chief. Replacing her is Lisa Morgan (our former Director of Lands). Lisa is an outstanding ‘people person’ who is passionate about supporting Toquaht citizens. Replacing Lisa is Juliet Van Vliet, who we recently hired as our Director of Lands, Public Works & Resources.
Finally, our Director of Operations, Sarah Robinson, also recently stepped down from her position. The Nation is currently hiring to replace her, and hopes to have someone in place by the end of August. There has definitely been a lot of change over the past few years, but things are finally settling into place.
Our new few blog posts will dive into the treaty itself, explain our Constitution and the way Toquaht is implementing self-governance, and ‘what has changed’ and ‘what is different’ under treaty. Stay tuned!