Call for Trustees

CALL FOR PERSONS INTERESTED TO BE A TRUSTEE OR YOUTH TRUSTEE

The Guardian wishes to identify a pool of Tla’amin Citizens who would be willing to be appointed as a Trustee or Youth Trustee, as appropriate, of the Trust.  To that end, interested Tla’amin Citizens are invited to contact the Guardian at daryn.leas@me.com or (604) 353-2325 to obtain further information or confirm their interest.  Interested Tla’amin Citizens would be required to submit a letter of interest to the Guardian and participate in an interview process. 

As directed by the Constitution of the Tla’amin Nation, the Tla’amin Nation established the Qamɛs ʔəms tala Settlement Trust (the “Trust”) in 2016 to manage and administer the capital transfer and the amounts received under the Resource Revenue Sharing Chapter of the Tla’amin Final Agreement and the income derived from the investment of those monies. 

The current Trustees are: Kristi Thiele, Alisha Point, Ann Paul, Alex Hugenschmidt and Beth Harry.  Daryn Leas is the Guardian who has a general responsibility to oversee and supervise the management and administration of the Trust. 

Appointment of the Trustees.  The Guardian, in consultation with the Tla’amin Nation, is responsible to appoint at least three persons as the Trustees of the Trust.  The majority of Trustees must be Tla’amin Citizens.  The Trustees are appointed to four-year terms and may be reappointed to successive terms.

In addition, the Guardian may appoint a Youth Trustee for a term of one year who may be appointed to successive terms.  The Youth Trustee must be a Tla’amin Citizen between the ages of 19 to 25 years.

What are the qualification requirements for the Trustees and the Youth Trustee?  A person must complete an accredited community trustee training program or similar training required by the Guardian, or agree to complete such training within a reasonable period, in order to be qualified to be appointed as a Trustee or a Youth Trustee.

A person cannot be a Trustee, including a Youth Trustee, if he or she:

  • is under the age of 19 years and, for the Youth Trustee, is over the age of 25 years;
  • has been declared to be a bankrupt by a court;
  • has been declared by a court to be mentally incompetent of managing his or her affairs;
  • has been convicted of an indictable offence in the previous five years or an offence involving property held as a fiduciary or trustee;
  • is an elected member of the Tla’amin Government, such as a member of the Tla’amin Government Executive; or
  • is a director or officer of a corporation where the Tla’amin Nation has a majority ownership interest.

How do the Trustees carry out their work? The Trustees meet at least once every calendar quarter.  Notice of at least fourteen days must be provided to the Trustees with respect to the place, day and hour of each meeting of the Trustees.  The Trustees convene teleconferences on a few occasions each month, usually in the evenings or weekends for 60 to 120 minutes.  The Trustees would also have to attend the annual meeting of the Tla’amin Community Trust Meeting.  This annual meeting is typically held on a weekend.

All Trustees, including the Youth Trustee, are entitled to an honorarium as set out in a policy approved by the Trustees.

The Trustees must use their best efforts to obtain a consensus with respect to the approval of resolutions.  If consensus cannot be obtained, a majority of the Trustees in attendance at a Trustee meeting may approve a resolution.  The Youth Trustee is entitled to vote on all matters.   

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