Call for Volunteer Board Members for the SFNNC

Southern First Nations Network of Care 

Call for Volunteer Board Members

The Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc. represents 34 Anishinaabe and Dakota Nations in southern Manitoba and is the legislated appointing body for the Southern First Nations Network of Care (SFNNC).  We are currently announcing upcoming opportunities for Board Member positions to the SFNNC, also known as, the ‘Southern Authority’. The Southern Authority is responsible for administering and providing for the delivery of child and family services to members of the First Nations of southern Manitoba or who identify with those southern First Nations, and other First Nations who reside throughout the province of Manitoba.

Southern Network of Care mandated agencies:

  • All Nations Coordinated Response Network
  • Animikii Ozoson Child and Family Services
  • Anishinaabe Child and Family Services
  • Child and Family All Nations Coordinated Response Network
  • Dakota Ojibway Child and Family Services
  • Intertribal Child and Family Services
  • Peguis Child and Family Services
  • Sagkeeng Child and Family Services
  • Sandy Bay Child and Family Services
  • Southeast Child and Family Services
  • West Region Child and Family Services

Consideration will be given to those who reflect the diversity of southern First Nations’ membership and also to the communities served by the SFNNC’s agencies that have the essential skills, innovative ideas and experience appropriate to the position.

To learn more about the Southern Authority, its agencies, programs and services, please visit

Applications for board membership are due on January 11, 2019.

Candidates are asked to forward a resume with references to the attention of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization’s Child and Family Services Liaison, Natalie Daniels @


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Southern First Nation Treaty member residing in Manitoba
  • Knowledge of / familiarity with Indigenous culture, traditions and language
  • Strong community service orientation
  • Connections / linkages to both the First Nation(s) served by the agencies of the Southern Authority and to diversified categories or sectors such as academic institutions, corporations / businesses, public relations / media, social services, etc.
  • Keen interest in the well-being of the Anishinaabe and Dakota children and their families.
  • Committed to the objectives of the Southern First Nations Network of Care (Southern Authority)
  • Balanced and diverse skill set / educational background not limited to child welfare – expertise sought in administration / management, finance, resource development, law, policy development, HR / personnel, etc.
  • Integrity, courage and high ethical standards
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Strategic problem solver with the ability or willingness to learn how to read and interpret policies and legislation and critically evaluate them from a First Nations perspective
  • Financial and board governance knowledge and / or experience
  • Previous board and / or committee experience
  • Satisfactory completion of child abuse registry, criminal record and prior contact checks
  • Must not be prohibited from being appointed a director, in accordance with the Act (CFSAA, S. 62)
  • Must be able to serve if appointed
  • Must be able to sign an oath of confidentiality and a conflict of interest declaration

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reporting to the Southern Chiefs’ Organization Chiefs Executive Committee, board members must be willing and able to work and communicate with the Chiefs and Elders of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization; the Chiefs of unaffiliated southern First Nations; and the CEO of the Southern Authority to define its strategic direction, priorities and successes
  • Willingness and ability to fulfill the duties of a director and accept formal responsibility for strategic decision-making and the monitoring and evaluating of the Southern Authority and its CEO as they work toward the defined strategic direction, priorities and successes.
  • Willingness and ability to review, consider, discuss and decide in a fair and unbiased manner on complex child and family matters such as those related to policies, legislation, funding, standards, human resource practices, and by-laws.
  • Willingness and ability to play an important role in improving, enhancing and redefining relationships with the southern First Nations and the provincial and federal governments re services and supports to southern First Nations children and families.
  • Willingness and ability to respect other board members, act honestly and in good faith, share power in the group process, delegate and work as part of a team, and exercise the due caution, diligence and skill that a reasonable and prudent person would exercise in comparable circumstances and carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Act (CFSAA, S.9).
  • Willingness and ability to adhere to a high degree of confidentiality and comply with the conflict of interest provisions as set out or as may be amended.
  • Willingness to actively participate in board deliberations / meetings and to consider participation on other committees to be established by the Board such as the Executive Committee. Other Committees could include an Audit / Finance Committee, Quality / Risk Management Committee and any other deemed necessary by the Board.
  • The Board is to meet regularly; quarterly at a minimum. Board members may also be required to attend special board meetings that may be called, as needed. Board members will be provided with honoraria and an expense allowance related to all board and committee meetings including any meeting attended at the direction of the board in accordance with established policy and guidelines.
  • Must commit to serve a three year term as a volunteer board member.

Board Member Eligibility Restrictions

Persons not eligible to be an Authority director based on existing and proposed conflict of interest legislation and regulation under The Child and Family Services Authorities Act of Manitoba:

  • A member of the Legislative Assembly
  • A director of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc.
  • A director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Secretariat Inc.
  • A director of the Southern Chiefs’ Organization Inc.
  • A director of the Manitoba Metis Federation Inc.
  • The director of Child and Family Services
  • A director, officer or employee of an agency
  • A spouse or common-law partner of a person referred to in the above clauses.

Board applicants should note that other restrictions for eligibility are under consideration and subject to further consultations with Southern First Nations leadership in advance of any amending of existing Southern Authority by-laws or Provincial legislation and regulations.