Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council

Copyright 2010. DOTC.

Our updated Mission Statement serves as a broad and clear statement of purpose for which the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council exists and the function it performs, that is, the "business" DOTC is in or is to be in, describing the reason for the existence of the Tribal Council, providing guidelines for the development of strategies and operational plans, defining the scope and limitations of the Tribal Council's endeavours, providing a basis for making the right kinds of decisions, serving as a vehicle for measuring the Tribal Council's effectiveness, and providing a belief that will support the Tribal Council's culture that will provide quality and performance.

DOTC is responsible and obligated to provide services and programs to its member First Nations and members. While functioning primarily within the mandated area, the Tribal Council does work in partnership with other relevant entities within and outside the DOTC region as determined by DOTC Administration or directed by the DOTC Council of Chiefs.

Provided below is therefore the mission statement that has been adopted by the DOTC Council of Chiefs:
        Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council works together to provide programs and
                 services that protect and promote the shared interests and aspirations
                                         of its member First Nations.
This includes:
            > Enhancement of Treaty & Aboriginal Rights;
            > Prioritization of education, employment and economic development;
            > Strengthening cultural and linguistic foundations; and
            > Ensuring healthy citizens and communities.

Value Statement
An updated Value Statement for the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council helps in guiding its beliefs, in its dealing with others and, shows the preferred way of behaviour. This is what the organization and all those engaged as Leadership and staff should reflect as representatives.

The members of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council accept the values as "what should be", responds to them as indicators of "who we are" and "what we stand for", and uses them as a way of approving and disapproving particular ways of behaviour.

The Value Statement is as follows:

                 Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council believes in a culture and environment
                 that promotes open and honest communication. It seeks to treat the
                 people and entities (its clientele) with dignity, respect, understanding,
                 and fairness. It also strives to be accountable and transparent in
                 fulfilling of duties and responsibilties. Toward this end, we are guided
                 by cultural guidance from our Elders and cultural awareness in the
                 performance of our duties.

The Council of Chief have also formulated Key Success Factors (KSF's) or goals, which are the quantifiable outcome measures of success in achieving our Mission and Values on a year to year basis to ensure continual improvement towards achieving the ideal 10 year future Vision of DOTC.

Our Leadership and Management fully realize and accept that larger community building project - individual, family and community - require a holistic and a comprehensive approach. However, consensus is now that there is a pressing need to ensure our students graduate and go on to higher learning, to reduce dependency on governments and income assistance especially those who are able-bodied need to pursue upgrading their education and/or vocational skills and become job ready.

Accordingly, the Leadership has directed Education, Employment and Economic Development be seen as three main priorities for the Tribal Council. DOTC and its various programs and offerings of the Tribal Council should be geared more towards the attainment of these three priorities.

To reiterate, the Leaderhsip and Management of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council accept that a community building project involving the individual, family and community requires a holistic approach. The consensus is that first and foremost there is a pressing need to reduce dependency on government and welfare especially those who are quite capable of working or upgrading their education and/or vocational skills.

Our Leadership is of the belief that the only way out of this vicious cycle is to focus on education, employment and economic development.

Accordingly the various programs and offerings of the Tribal Council must be geared more towards the attainment of these three priorities.

Chief Francine Meeches

Chairperson, DOTC Council of Chiefs