Le Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki Inc., founded in 1979, is a Tribal Council grouping the Abenaki bands Odanak and Wôlinak.

His primary mission, elaborated in December 1993, was revised and corrected at the request of the Administration Council, by a working committee comprised of members of Odanak and Wôlinak in March 1997.

From the eight goals set out in the letters patent of the Waban-Aki Corporation Inc., the appointed committee identified three main elements of its mission; representation, development and administration.

Represent

Being the spokesman of both communities:
  • Demonstrating the strength of the association, unity of the two bands, in the claims and in the negotiations;
  • Representation on behalf of two bands, the higher levels of government and other bodies related to the bands;
  • Representation of the positions of the Nation within the Assembly of First Nations;
  • Representation in certain official celebrations;
  • Representation in certain official celebrations;
Defend the inherent rights of its members:
  • Through its participation in the claims;
  • According to the rights recognized in the Indian Act;
  • According to Aboriginal rights;
  • To basic health services, education / training and employment;
    • Identification of needs;
    • Identification of available resources;
    • Proposals for action;
    • Negotiation of agreements;
    • Participation in the implementation.
By publicizing these rights:
  • To the members of the two communities;
  • To neighboring populations.
By enforcing :
  • Documentation / historical research;
  • Identification of laws and regulations relating to it;
  • Participation in the negotiation of agreements.

Develop

Ensure the economic development of the Abenakis :

  • Identify the two communities shared priorities;
  • Support the definition of common objectives in the short, medium and long term;
  • Propose implementation scenarios;
  • Participate in the implementation of the actions necessary to achieve the defined objectives;
  • Participate in the periodic evaluation of progress in the implementation of objectives.

Administer

Provide administrative support to all services offered by the Department and other agencies to both populations:

  • Complete administrative management of health services and social services;
  • Administer for predefined periods and on behalf of the Band Councils, some services mandated by them;
  • Give as needed and on demand, administrative support staff to each of the band councils.