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LGANT Welcomes First Nation Administrators into Association of Professional Administrators

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April 10, 2019 YELLOWKNIFE First Nation Administrators are now eligible for membership in Local Government Administrators of the Northwest Territories (LGANT), a professional association working to provide support, advocacy and professional development opportunities for senior administrators working across the NWT.

At their last Annual General Meeting held last fall, LGANT members unanimously voted to amend bylaws broadening the membership definition to include Band Managers. In addition, one seat on the LGANT Board of Directors will now be reserved for a Band Manager.  The change became effective at the beginning of the new membership year on April 1, 2019 and is believed to be first agreement of its kind in Canada.

“Broadening our membership base was a key objective of our 2018-2022 Strategic Plan and we have been working closely with the Band Managers Working group on this change. We’re excited to welcome Band Managers from across the NWT as full members and continue our reputation of excellence in supporting, improving and expanding capacity at the local level through the professional association of LGANT and are looking forward to the new insight that First Nation administrators will bring to this professional association,” said Grant Hood, LGANT President and Senior Administrative Officer, Inuvik.

“The Band Managers Working Group has been developing a model for professional development and peer support for First Nation Administrators since 2015. We are pleased that LGANT has agreed to extend full membership to all First Nation Administrators in the Northwest Territories. Although our governance structures differ, our commitment to providing professional administrative support to our leaders and communities is shared. I am looking forward to developing increased professional support for First Nation Administrators through our involvement with LGANT,” said Liza McPherson, Chair of the Band Managers Working Group.

Local Government Administrators of the NWT (LGANT) is a professional association that supports senior local government administrators in every NWT community through training, professional development, support, networking, and more to increase the capacity of senior staff in the public service. Members includes senior municipal and/or band staff including Senior Administrative Officers, Band Managers, Town Managers and Chief Executive Officers.

For more information, please contact:

Alayna Ward

Executive Director, Local Government Administrators NWT

(867) 765-5630


Liza McPherson

Chair, Band Managers Working Group

(867) 695-3131 ext 1004