New Brunswick Aboriginal Peoples Council

Membership

NBAPC membership is open to all off-reserve aboriginal individuals who value the efforts undertaken to enhance the livelihood of off-reserve aboriginals. Our members share our vision of a prosperous future for off-reserve aboriginal people. 

Types of membership with NBAPC

A. FULL MEMBERSHIP
In the Council shall be open to persons of Aboriginal Ancestry 16 years of age and older and who ordinarily reside in New Brunswick and not on a Reserve. Only a Full Member shall be eligible to vote at Assemblies or Special Meetings or to hold elective office at the Executive or Board of Director level of the Council. To be eligible for Full Membership, the Aboriginal person must:

i) Application for Full Membership must be made at the community local level and forwarded to the Membership Clerk at Head Office with recommendation for approval.
ii) Be ordinarily resident in New Brunswick, off a Reserve, for six (6) months prior to applying for Membership;
iii) Meet the requirements of Membership and must fill out and have approved a Membership form prescribed for such purposes;
iv) Be a descendant of a verified and known Aboriginal person since July 1st,1867.
v) Documents to support Aboriginal Ancestry must be certified. Photocopies of the certified documents shall be made by the Membership Committee and certified documents returned thereafter to the applicants.
vi) Requests for new membership to be acted within a 90-day period.

Withdrawing memberships to be processed within a 90-day period.

B. SPOUSAL MEMBERSHIP

Shall be open to the spouse of a Full Member. No formal Membership Application is required for Spousal Membership but Spouse`s name shall be included in the Annual Charter list from Community Locals. Spousal members shall not be eligible to vote at Assemblies or Special Meetings or to hold elective office at the Executive or Board of Director level of the Council.

C. MEMBERSHIP IN GOOD STANDING

A Member in Good Standing is any Aboriginal person eligible for Full Membership in the Council and who subscribes to the aims, goals and objectives of the Council. A Member in Good Standing is also required to pay their annual membership fees as provided for in section 1.K. of Council’s Constitution and By-Laws. The annual membership fee for each membership category must be submitted on or before April 1st of each year. Members in Good Standing include Full members, Non-Resident Members and Lifetime Members which all carry the full range of participatory and voting rights allowed under this Constitution and By-Laws for Members in Good Standing.

D. MEMBERSHIP LIST

Each member in good standing shall have their name added to an annual membership list that shall be maintained and prepared by the Council by the 15th day of April each year. Such lists shall be sent to all Chartered Locals by the 30th day of April of each year.

E. ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Shall be open to those persons who wish to support the Council but who are not eligible for full membership. Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote and hold elective office at the Executive

Committee or Local Level of the Council or on the Board of Directors. Associate Members shall not be entitled to vote at the Annual Assembly.

F. YOUTH MEMBERSHIP

Shall be open to those persons who are the children of the Full Members but cannot apply because of the age limit. Youth members will be entitled to membership cards and shall not be entitled to vote or hold office at the community local level, zone level or at the provincial level of NBAPC.

G. NON-RESIDENT MEMBERS

Shall be open to those who were Full Members of the Council, but have since moved out of the Province of New Brunswick. Non-Resident Members will be required to pay an annual membership fee of $5.00 directly to their Locals on or before April 1st of each year. Non-Resident Members will be considered members in good standing and entitled to the same constitutional rights as regular members, except where specifically provided in this section. Non-Resident Members shall be entitled to vote and run for elected office at the provincial level (President and Chief and Vice-Chief), vote at AGM’s, vote in the universal suffrage process and any special meetings or referendums. For Clarification, Non-Resident Members may also put forward Notices of Motion and Resolutions for the AGMs as well as attend AGMs as delegates. Each year, the Board of Directors shall determine whether and to what extent any financial assistance can be provided to Non-Resident Members in order to attend the AGM, referendums or special meetings of the Council. Should limited or no funding be available for Non-Resident Members to attend these meetings, they will still hold their constitutional rights to attend, vote, bring forward resolutions, etc., but will be responsible for their own travel and other-related expenses. In the event that a Non-resident member runs for and is elected as President and Chief or Vice Chief, they will be required to relocate to the general locality of the Head Office of the NBAPC (for the position of President and Chief) or to the province of New Brunswick (for the position of Vice-Chief) and will be responsible for their own relocation expenses.

H. LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

May, at the discretion of an Annual General Meeting by way of a motion, be granted to Full Members whose efforts on behalf of the People of Aboriginal Ancestry warrant such recognition. Lifetime members shall be voting delegates at each special or Annual General Meeting of the Membership or in the Universal Suffrage process or referendums. Lifetime Membership can only be removed by way of a motion at an Annual General Meeting.

I. HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

May, at the discretion of the Council, be granted to any persons whose efforts on behalf of the People of Aboriginal Ancestry warrant such recognition.

J. SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP

Individual people, churches, businesses and other organizations who wish to support our work may obtain a Supporting Membership upon payment of an Annual Fee of $25.00, but such members will have no voting rights. It is a direct membership in the Council rather than in our Locals.

Annual Fees

Each Community locals must pay an annual charter fee of $25.00 per local. Each individual member of a community local, as well as youth members must also submit an annual membership fee of $1.00 to their local executive for submission to the Council. Each Non-Resident member must submit their $5.00 annual membership fee directly to their Locals. Supporting members must pay an annual membership fee of $25.00 (Twenty-five dollars) directly to the Head Office of the Council. Lifetime members are not required to pay annual membership fees, nor are Spousal, Associate or Honorary members. All fees must be submitted on or before April 1st of each year.

Membership Cards

 

All Full Members of the Council shall be entitled to a free membership card upon approval.

Replacement cards, with the exception of minors, has a $25.00 fee payable to Head Office. Please contact the Membership Officer for payment options. 

Application Form

Please contact your local membership clerk to obtain the form

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