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Term: Tribal Council (TC)

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Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2019-11-15


"For the purpose of accessing Tribal Council Program funding, a Tribal Council is a grouping of bands, (bands as defined by the Indian Act), with common interests who voluntarily join together to provide advisory and/or program services to member bands" (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 2019). They "must be legally incorporated and accountable to their member bands [usually at least 5] through representation of each band in decision making and review of service delivery" (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 2019). TCs provide information, expertise and/or assistance to the Chief, Councils and the communities relating to "band government, financial management, community planning, technical services and economic development" (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 2019).

( Reference Source: Information from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada - Definitions ).

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  • Katz A, Avery Kinew K, Star L, Taylor C, Koseva I, Lavoie J, Burchill C, Urquia M, Basham A, Rajotte L, Ramayanam V, Jarmasz J, Burchill S. The Health Status of and Access to Healthcare by Registered First Nation Peoples in Manitoba. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, 2019. [Report] [Summary] [Updates and Errata] [Additional Materials] (View)

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