Aboriginal Action Circle – March 3rd, 2012

Aboriginal Action Circle


DRAFT MINUTES


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


Saturday, March 3, 2012


9:00 AM to 1:00 PM


Gatineau Régional Office – 200 Portage Drive, Suite 301


 


Type of meeting: Annual General Meeting


 Regional Rep: Stephanie Penwarden (PSAC Resource person)


 In attendance :Edward Martin (Chair), Albert Dumont (Elder), Stephanie Penwarden (PSAC Rep), Maria Fitzpatrick (Guest), John Sullivan (Guest), Allison Pilon (Guest), Pat McGrath (Observer), Fable W. Genclwy (Observer), Glenda B. Eagle, Charlotte Jacobs, John Jewitt, Jonathan Breaker, Teresa Nadon, Julian Wilson, Victoria Bouchu, Cathy Pony, Marie-Louise Larocque, Toni Mathews, Tony Nicolas, Viola Thomas, Julie Toulouse, Lester ______, _________, _______.


 Regrets: Brother Edward Martin had to leave early to attend a meeting at Odawa.


 Opening Prayer/Smudging Ceremony


 Elder Albert Dumont (of un-ceded Algonquin Territory) opened the meeting with a smudging ceremony and a teaching of a past event in his life involving the gathering of cedar branches by the women ofManiwaki.


 


1. CALL TO ORDER


 Stephanie Penwarden called the meeting to order at 9:08 a.m.


 


2. INTRODUCTIONS


 Stephanie Penwarden thanked everyone for coming out to the AAC’s Annual General Assembly (AGM) on this 3 day of March 2012. Stephanie informed the group that she would be chairing until the election of the new executive was completed.


 


3. APPROVAL OF AGENDA


 m/s/c            Brother Tony Nicolas/Sister Glenda Eagle


 That the agenda be adopted as presented and amended.


 


4. ELECTIONS OF NEW EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE


 The results of the election are as follows:


Chair: Sister Viola Thomas – Term of __ year


Secretary: Sister Marie-Louise Larocque – Term of __ year


Treasurer: Sister Toni Mathews – Term of __ year


NCRC Representative: Brother Tony Nicolas – Term of __ year


 


At the conclusion of the elections and the swearing in, of the new officers, Stephanie turned the chair over to Sister Viola Thomas.


 


5. SPECIAL THANKS TO SISTER MARIA FITZPATRICK AND TO BROTHER JOHN SULLIVAN


 Sister Maria Fitzpatrick and Brother John Sullivan were presented with gifts in a way of thanking the both of them for their support.


 


6. ADOPTION OF THE FEBRUARY 2011 ACC-AGM RECORD OF DISCUSSION


 m/s/c            Sister CharlotteJacobs/Sister Toni Mathews


 


7. ADOPTION OF THE JANUARY 2012 AAC RECORD OF DISCUSSION


Deferred to next AAC Meeting.


 


8.  HEALTH BREAK


 9.  AAC REPORTS


Chair’s Report


Sister Charlotte Jacobs presented for Brother Edward Martin, the highlights were:



  • Sister’s in Spirit

  • National Aboriginal People’s Conference held in Yellowknife and during the delegations time at this conference took part in a TAKE BACK THE NIGHT WALK for murdered and missing women.

  • Labour Day Parade

  • Fight Back campaign

  • First time fund raising and collecting signatures

  • Human Rights School (1st week of December)

  • Home of Compassion – Christmas Dinner (1st week of December)

  • Sharon McGiver case

  • PSAC sponsored 4 buses from 4 different schools to add their poems on the Hill for Shanon’s Dream

Treasurer’s Report


Sister Toni Mathews presented, the highlights were:



  • balance going forward $629.08

  • Funding from PSAC split for a 2 year period is $1,500.00.

  • Funds still to be taken out is January meeting expenses and this AGM expenses and 1 taxi fare.

  • Budget for the upcoming year $1863.23

Charlotte’s Report


The highlights were:



  • Project of Heart

  • Media course in Port Elgin – May 20, 2011

 


Sister Viola Thomas asked for a motion to accept the reports and thanked the old executive for their hard work and dedication.


m/s/c                Brother Tony Nicolas/Sister Glenda Eagle


  


10.  WFA MODULE WITH GUEST SPEAKER ALLISON PILON


The highlights were:



  • Work Force Adjustment

  • Work Force Equity and Human Rights

  • Repeal of the long form censes

  • Cuts to the Federal Public Service, specifically to Aboriginal Community

Discussions took place on what PASC is doing about this.


An ACTION ITEM was created from these discussions. 


Brother Tony Nicolas moves that we recommend that NAPS executive or President meet with the President of the Treasury Board to present the current deficiency regarding employment equity and work force adjustment processes as it relates to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit and further that they target all of the elected indigenous members of Parliament.


Seconded by Glenda Eagle


Motion carried.


 


 


12.  ROUND TABLE– Everyone said a few words and thanks were given to our Elder.


 


13. NEXT MEETING – Our next regular meeting will be March 28, 2012 at the Ottawa Regional Office.


 



  1. ADJOURNMENT AT 1:25 P.M.

 


 


ACTION ITEM


 Motion by Brother Tony Nicolas


 


DEFERED ITEM


 


ADOPTION OF THE JANUARY 2012 AAC RECORD OF DISCUSSION