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 porgrams and services that protect and promote the shared interests and aspirations of its members First Nations. This includes: Enhancement of Treaty & Aboriginal Rights; Prioirtization of education, employment and economic development; Strengthening cultural and linguistic foundations; and Ensuring healthy citizens and communities 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   cultural   and   environment   that   promotes   open and   honest   communications.   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   responsiblilities.   Toward   the   end,   we   are   guided   by cultural gusidance 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
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