TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Pegp’ig7lha Elders Council is hereby mandated to carry out the following responsibilities:
○Work with language authority
○ Work with St’át’imc communities.
○Encourage revival of language.
○ Encourage written form.
○ Be role models in learning more about the language.
○ Ensure language is accessible through modern technologies.
○ Teach youth and adults.
○ Practice and encourage revival of ceremonies, spiritual beliefs, and traditional activities such as drumming, singing, and dancing.
○ Guide and oversee instituting of traditional system of laws, pot latching, name giving birth and marriage ceremonies. ○ Ensure identification and maintenance of sacred sites.
○ Teach and pass down knowledge.
○ Oversee care and treatment of ancestral remains.
○ Provide information and advice related to the traditional clan system – Pegp’ig7lha – other St’át’imc clans.
○Be role models in learning more about the culture.
○ Participate in historical documentation of customs, land, and resource use.
○ Continue to work with the Self Government Working Group and the Traditional Council in the development of the P’egp’i7lha Constitution.
○ Make the ultimate decision regarding land and resource use.
• HOLD VETO POWER
○ Upon direction form the Community, hold veto power over decisions of Traditional Council and T’ít’q’et Council, which will be applicable to all matters.
• PROMOTE AND SUPPORT TRIBAL UNITY
○ By developing a St’át’imc Council of Elders
• TAKE LEADERSHIP
○ By developing a Justice System that is consistent with T’ít’q’et principles and traditions and the will of the community. This may include rules concerning protection of children, discipline, protection laws, mediation, and enforcement.
• HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
○ Monitor and guide youth participation in government to ensure ongoing development of leadership.
The Elders Council will communicate with the people through General Meetings of the community. Work with the Traditional Council, and where necessary, be involved with Chief and Council. Elders Council will have the necessary support staff as required.
Signed at T’ít’q’et, this 29th day of September, the year 2002.