CAFN ACCEPTING PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Constitution (2012) states that every five years the Constitution may be reviewed and that only CAFN Citizens have the ability to propose amendments.

In keeping with the Constitution, we are now in our fifth year and requesting proposed Constitutional amendments.


To submit a proposed amendment to the CAFN Constitution, please use this form:  Proposed Constitutional Amendment Form. The form can be saved and filled out on your computer or printed and filled out by hand.  Printed forms are also available with CAFN reception at our Haines Junction and Whitehorse offices.

CAFN is also seeking Citizens to apply to serve on the Constitution Committee.  For more details please visit: http://cafn.ca/seeking-citizens-cafn-constitution-committee/


Important dates:

  • February 23 – proposed amendments will now be accepted (registrar appointed)
  • April 21 – Last day to submit amendments
  • May 7 – Constitutional Committee should be appointed
  • May 19 – Notice of proposed amendments and notice of the AGA must be posted and advertised
  • July 21-23 – Annual General Assembly in Champagne

For more information, please contact:
Lilly Smith, Constitutional Registrar
(867) 634-4200 ext 235
lsmith@cafn.ca

To view the full Constitution (2012), please visit: http://cafn.ca/about/guiding-documents/constitution/


The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Constitution (2012) is the fundamental law of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. When Champagne and Aishihik First Nations entered into treaty with Canada, the Constitution established a system of government that was intended to be reflective and respectful of the culture and values of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Citizens.

The Constitution establishes the institutions of government and sets forth the rights of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Citizens and the First Nation Council’s responsibility to honor those rights.

The Constitution provides an opportunity for amendment to ensure that it continues to reflect Champagne and Aishihik First Nations Citizens’ culture and values, but the amendment process is designed to be difficult in order to give the constitution stability.

The General Assembly has the exclusive authority to amend the Constitution. The Constitution can be amended every five years (s. 74). Only Citizens or bodies duly authorized by the GA can propose amendments (s. 75).

CAFN Citizens have until April 21, 2017 to submit a proposal to amend the Constitution.  Consistent with the rules for amendment set out in the Constitution, proposals for amendment to the Constitution received AFTER April 21, 2017, will not be considered by the GA.

If you are a CAFN Citizen and you believe that an amendment should be made to the Constitution, please contact CAFN’s Constitutional Registrar, Lilly Smith, for more information about how to propose an amendment, for a copy of the Constitution, or for amendment forms.


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