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IOGC Co- Management Board

 

Memorandum of Understanding, June 3, 1996

IRC and Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (now Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs) are parties to a Memorandum of Understanding signed on June 3, 1996 (“1996 MOU”).

The Indian Oil and Gas Canada Co-Management Board (“IOGC Board”) is created by the 1996 MOU, it offers the IRC’s First Nation membership an opportunity to participate directly in the Co-Management Phase of a Crown agency. The IOGC Board co-manages IOGC operations, by focussing on areas of collective interests including IOGC issues, policies, plans, priorities and resources.

The IOGC Board is unique since it is created by the 1996 MOU and not enabled by statute.
 

Board Information

Mandate
The mandate and authority of the IOGC Board and the Executive Director of Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”) is to co-manage IOGC in accordance with Appendix “A” of the 1996 MOU.

History
The relationship between the Indian Resource Council (“IRC”) and the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (“CIRNAC”) (formerly Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada) as represented by the Assistant Deputy Minister of Lands and Economic Development ("ADM-LED") and the Indian Oil and Gas Canada (“IOGC”) continue to evolve significantly after 22 years pursuant to the 1996 MOU mandate, duties and its Inherent Right to Self – Government policy objective.

Board of Directors
The Minister of CIRNAC and the IRC jointly established the IOGC Board of directors in accordance with Appendix “A” of the 1996 MOU.

IRC Co-Chair Chief
Appointed by the IRC Board of Directors on June 13, 2017
Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan
CIRNAC Co-Chair
Appointed by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, HQ Ottawa
Board Member
Appointed by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Executive Director, Indian Oil and Gas Canada, Tsuut’ina, Alberta
Vacant
Appointed by the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada
Canada
Board Member
Appointed by the IRC Board of directors on June 13, 2017
Thunderchild First Nation (Treaty 6)
Board Member
Appointed by the IRC Board of directors on June 13, 2017
Blood Tribe, Alberta
Member (Ontario)
Appointed by the IRC Board of directors on June 13, 2017
Wikwemikong First Nation, Ontario
Board Member
Appointed by the IRC Board of directors on June 13, 2017
Frog Lake First Nation, Alberta
Board Member
Appointed by the IRC Board of directors on June 13, 2017
Samson Cree Nation, Alberta

Ex-Officio Member
Mr. Stephen Buffalo, IRC President and CEO participates as the Ex-Officio member of the IOGC Board representing IRC mandates and First Nations membership.

Board Secretary
IOGC Board Secretary, Ms. B. Cherniawsky, Director of Planning and Corporate Services, IOGC supports the IOGC Board by organizing and recording activities of Board meetings, she also provides advice to the Board of directors to ensure compliance with the Board’s governance policies and procedures.

Board Liaison
IRC/IOGC Liaison, Ms. L. Chipesia is the primary professional support for the IRC Co-Chair. She ensures that IRC has additional capacity and equal participation in the overall operation of the IOGC Board. She liaises with the IOGC Board Secretary to ensure IRC agenda items and meeting materials are included, prepares briefings and analysis of IOGC plans and priorites, liaise with IOGC and CIRNAC HQ officials regarding policy, program and operations issues and reports to the IRC President and CEO for administrative matters and the IRC Co-Chair for work plans and substantive duties.

Board Governance

Board composition and Succession
Six of the IOGC Board members are selected by the IRC and three by the Crown. The IRC Board Chairperson and the Assistant Deputy Minister, Lands and Economic Development, CIRNA serve as co-chairs of the IGC Board.

The IOGC Board appointments are for a two year term and the IRC participating First Nation member may replace their appointment at their discretion.

Orientation and Education
All new members are required to participate in the IOGC Co-Management Board Orientation Program prior to attending an IOGC Board meeting. The directors receive an orientation package include an IOGC Board of Director Orientation Manual (updated February 2017) with an IOGC Co-Management Board Orientation Check List for guidance.

Board of director education, development and retreats are held periodically with training from external providers.

Meetings
Quarterly and Special Board meetings are held annually.

Minutes
Minutes of IOGC Board meetings are recorded.

Policies and Procedures
All Board meetings are in compliance with the Rules of Procedure of the Indian Oil and Gas Canada Co-Management Board, the IOGC Co-Management Board Effectiveness Policy and ethics policies.

Board Governance Evaluation
In July of 2015, the IRC Board of directors and the IOGC Board of directors passed formal motions to conduct an independent evaluation of the IOGC Board. The Indian Oil and Gas Canada Co-Management Board Governance Review with 25 recommendations was completed by consultants and approved by the IRC and IOGC Board of directors. The analysis, development and implementation of new Board governance policies and procedures are ongoing.

Legislation

IOGC operates pursuant to the Indian Oil and Gas Act, R.S.C., 1985, c.I-7 (Amendments Not in Force- 2009, c.7, s. 1) and Indian Oil and Gas Regulations,
1995 SOR/94 -753

Committees and Task Force

The First Nations Co-Chair and Canada Co-Chair of the Joint Technical Committee One (“JTC-1”) established by IRC and IOGC in modernizing the on-reserve oil and gas legislation reports to the IOGC Board on the progress of JTC-1 every quarter.

There is no established task force.