In 2013/14 Sheldon Tetreault Consulting Ltd was retained to assist leadership to build out their interim structure, specifically to:
For example, one obligation of the First Nations (to demonstrate readiness to negotiate) was to establish a process for development & authorization of mandates. We considered various governance models utilized by other multi-tribal organizations managing natural resources. Generally, we looked for process efficiencies; narrowed the issues and presented policy briefs on fundamental issues. We included questions related to each issue and conducted electronic polling during Assemblies to gauge support on each issue & recommendation.
The work culminated in the draft constitution being approved by consensus of all First Nation Signatories in March 2014. The constitution includes (among other things) a formal Mandate Development Process, with accountability provisions built in. The process respects the aboriginal rights-holders as decision makers; recognizing political authority rests in the community. Having met their readiness criteria, the Fraser Salmon Management Council retained a Lead Negotiator in August 2015 and the intent is to begin the negotiation process with DFO in March of 2016.