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Governance

Overview

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of up to 13 members. The work of the Board is further supported by three sub-committees: governance, finance and audit, and HR and compensation. In addition, the Board is supported by a 34-member Advisory Committee, with one representative for each of the First Nations language groups in B.C. Both Board and Advisory Committee members serve a term of two years. Board members can serve a maximum of three terms (6-years total); there are no limits to the number of terms an Advisory Committee member can serve.

Governing Legislation and Selection Process

Our governing legislation was amended in 2011 to include representation from all B.C. First Nations language groups on our Advisory Committee. It offers more flexibility, which is consistent with modern best practices that allow Crown corporations to determine their own structure and governance processes. As a result, it is possible for each language group to have a cultural representative to provide advice to FPCC Board and staff.

Membership for both the Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors is sought through an open application process, which is managed by the Board’s Governance Committee. This open application process means that any B.C. First Nations individual, organization or community can nominate someone or apply for membership.

The Advisory Committee and 10 Board members are all recommended for appointment by the Board’s Governance Committee (and then appointed by the Minister), while three Board members are appointed directly by the Minister.

Governance Principles

FPCC follows the B.C. government’s guiding principles on corporate governance for Crown agencies. The Government's Letter of Expectations describes mandate, expectations, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities.

Governance policies for the FPCC are reviewed annually to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the organization and are consistent with the government’s guiding principles on Crown agency governance.

PRINCIPLE HOW ACHIEVED
Incorporate First Nations cultural values into governance practices Regularly consult with community stakeholders through the Advisory Committee and Board of Directors
Include broad representation of B.C. First Nations language and cultural groups Invite applicants through an open application process
Provide high-level strategic direction to staff Board and Advisory Committee work with management on a macro-level
Continue to learn and to integrate latest governance principles Board is committed to and participates in ongoing training; annual review of the policy manual
Make decisions based on what is best for FPCC Ongoing assessment of practice as compared to mandate to ensure the organization is on track

Governance Disclosure

FPCC complies with the 12 disclosure requirements of the Best Practices Guidelines on Governance and Disclosure published by the Board Resourcing and Development Office.

Board of Directors

PDF Document Board of Directors' Policies and Procedures Manual 2011
PDF Document Board of Directors' Attendance Information - 2014
PDF Document Board of Director's Attendance Information - 2015
PDF Document Board for Director's Attendance Information - 2016
PDF Document Board of Directors' Code of Conduct

Staff Resources:

PDF Document Employee Administration Policy Manual

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