The initial purpose of the Tri-Council was to ensure that recovery efforts evolved in a positive and coordinated fashion. With the assistance of Alberta Municipal Affairs, the three municipal partners adopted the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat Governance Protocol. This protocol’s purpose is to provide guidance for how the Tri-Council and CAO Secretariat conduct business, and in so doing, ensure consistency, predictability, transparency, and accountability.
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In the Words of the Tri-Council Architects
Consensus-based Decision Making
The CAO Secretariat is made up of the Chief Administrative Officers of the Town and the Municipal District, and the Executive Director of the First Nation, to act as the administration to the Tri-Council.
Novel to the protocol is its use of consensus-based decision making, where consensus is achieved when the elected officials of the Tri-Council (in attendance at a meeting) can “live with” the decision taken or endorsed. As a result of Tri-Council governance, the strategies and projects of the Lesser Slave Lake Regional Wildfire Recovery Plan have been implemented.
An Evolving Entity
Tri-Council remains focused on strategic regional cooperation that serves to capitalize on the Slave Lake vicinity as a regional centre in north central Alberta. The focus is critical to ensure that health, school, government, and key business entities choose to come, stay, and grow in our region. Another evolving purpose is to deal with topical matters that extend beyond municipal/First Nation corporate boundaries, such as emergency management, economic development, and regional wellness activities.
The Tri-Council is determined to build on its four-pillar foundation of People, Reconstruction, Environment and Economy. By working together in this fashion, Tri-Council stands as a collaborative model of governance that has made the Lesser Slave River region stronger than the sum of its parts.