Based on the guiding principles of the Seven Teachings, the Elders Council provides insight, advice and guidance on matters and issues applicable to the Aboriginal child welfare system. The Elders will bring forth their knowledge and wisdom to ensure that Aboriginal culture, traditions, values, spirituality and all collective aspects of the Aboriginal way of life are respected, inclusive and become a primary focus for our children and families.
The Elders Council is comprised of one or two representatives from each of our member agencies. They are appointed by the Executive Director of their respective agency and are defined by their community. The Elders Council serves as an advisory body to the Southern Network and our member Agencies to facilitate the current development of programming and provide direction and guidance over all culturally sensitive discussions.
The Elders Council is accountable to their respective agency, community and the Southern Network. Within their core functions, the Elders Council will take steps to ensure that the members hold each other responsible in this undertaking.
The Elders Council assists with the current development of programming and provides direction and guidance over all culturally sensitive discussions. The Elders have developed brochures on teachings, such as the purification ceremony and the four medicines to assist in educating staff and families. As well, the Elders have offered different types of teachings in efforts to assist with educating and healing of our people.
The Elders Council meets quarterly and are guided by a terms of reference inclusive of the Seven Teachings. All of the Elders have met the requirements of a Criminal Records Check, Child Abuse Registry and Prior Contact Checks. Many of them are pipe carriers and have conducted types of ceremonies for the Southern Network, as required for our Annual General Meeting, Solstices and Equinoxes, Open House, and blessing and cleansing of the office. Their involvement and entity to the Southern Network is very valuable and necessary to the changes of our system and the health of our peoples.