In order for Ta’an Kwäch’än Council government to pass a Bill which becomes law, the Bill must pass three readings by Council, as well as being reviewed and approved by the Elders Council. This process allows the option for Ta’an Kwäch’än Council government to hold public hearings for its citizens on the proposed Bill.
The proposed Ta’an Kwäch’än Community Lands Bill 2014-1 (Bill) was given first reading by the TKC Council on February 17, 2014. The Bill must go through two more readings and the review and approval of the Elders Council before it becomes law for Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.
The TKC Council appointed a special committee of citizens from the Traditional Families. On July 22, 2014, the Special Committee was mandated to conduct an assessment of the Community Lands Bill 2014-1 and to solicit Ta’an Kwäch’än Council citizens’ views by way of public hearings and additional public consultations as required in order to produce a report of their findings and recommendations for the Council by January 31, 2015.
There have been two Public Hearings to date: November 25 and December 9, 2014. However, the committee was not able to review the entire Bill in the time available.