The General Council is the legislative branch of Teslin Tlingit Council (TTC), consisting of 25 members. There are five representatives from each Clan – Kùkhhittàn, Ishkìtàn, Yanyèdí, Dèshitàn, and Dakhl’awèdí – appointed for four-year terms by their respective Clans.
Role Of The General Council
General Council is the government authority which acts on behalf of and for Teslin Tlingit Citizens, and which all TTC governing bodies report to and get direction from. In practice, General Council is a forum where members bring forward government business for discussion, debate and deliberation, and pass legislation typically through consensual agreement. It is the ultimate political decision-making body of TTC, with the exclusive power to make and rule on law, amend the Constitution, approve the Annual Budget, and appoint Clan representatives for the Executive Council.
General Council Meetings
General Council meets twice in March with the main task of passing the year’s budget, once in the summer for the Annual General Assembly, and once in November. Additional meetings are arranged as needed to deal with specific issues. The Executive Council joins the General Council for meetings, and Management Board will generally attend to provide background information on issues of deliberation. The sessions are open to Citizens and community members.