What we do
NATA Representative Assembly
The NATA Representative Assembly consists of the NATA Executive, the School Staff Representatives, and any other teachers given delegate status by the NATA Executive to attend any meeting. The NATA Executive consists of twelve elected positions. Below is a list of the general expectations for all NATA representatives, along with details about NATA meetings and reports.
No actual nor perceived conflict of interest
Arrive or join meetings punctually
Prepare documents or reports in advance of meetings
Notify President of absence at least 1 week prior to meeting
Check and reply to emails promptly
Work proactively with President and Executive
Represent NATA in a positive manner
Keep updated on new policies and procedures
Confidently respond to member concerns with accurate information
Participate actively in the work of the association (volunteer on committees, write policy, participate in discussions and propose solutions)
Meetings / Reports
Planned Executive meetings:
Immediately following Convention to assign Committee Chairs and Members
Winter meeting in November/December
Spring meeting in April/May at time of SSL/Executive meeting
SSL /Executive Meetings
Fall in October prior Convention
Spring meeting in April/May
As need be throughout the year (usually video conference).
Fall / Spring Council
Councillors also have Fall Council (end of October) and Spring Council (April/May) with the STF.
As needed and determined by Chair of the Committee.
Meeting Honorariums for NATA Executive, SSR/SSL, Committee Meetings (Oct 2020 - Oct 2021)
Meeting Length Amount
All Executive members including Committee Chairs are expected to make reports at all meetings and at the annual Convention. Reports should be forwarded to Communications Committee to make available to members.
Arrange meetings including inviting, planning the agenda and arranging for necessary travel, accommodations and meals
Preside or appoint a chair for all meetings
Coordinate the activities of all committees
Maintain all lines of communications
Act as joint administrator of all NATA funds with the Treasurer
Chair the Liaison Committee
Be one of the councillors
Be a member of LINC
Applies and prepares reports for any grants
Assume role of President-Councillor in absence of the President
Assume role of any resigned councillor
Be a member of the Housing Committee
Member of the Executive
May be appointed to chair committees
Share their previous knowledge with the Executive
Attend STF Council meetings
Support teachers that protocol is followed in any grievance with LINC, STF codes, policies or bylaws
Perform duties outlined by STF
Co-Chair negotiation meetings
Send tentative LINC to SSRs for distribution & ratification
Report to membership the outcome of pertinent resolutions passed at the last Convention
Ensure members are informed of rights, responsibilities and grievance procedures in regards to NLSD housing units
Work with members renting NLSD housing units and the NLSD Facilities Department
Member of LINC
Communicate with the STF regarding professional growth activities for members
Allocate professional growth funds to members who apply
Work with Communications Chair to post PD experiences that were funded
Send out call for nominations
Present the slate for nominations
Chair the nominations and elections part of the Convention
If running for an elected position, the Nomination Chair must have another person approved by Executive to conduct the elections
Call for resolutions two times per year
Receive and categorize resolutions
Chair the resolutions session of the Convention
Foster internal communication within the association and public relations
Maintain the NATA website
Keep website updated with persons holding Executive and Committee positions
Ensure that information including reports can be accessed by the Association Membership
Plan the annual Convention with the assistance of their school staff
Submit plan to the Executive within 3 months of last convention
Co-ordinate Convention expenditures with the President and Secretary-Treasurer
Truth & Reconciliation Chair
Advise the Executive how to incorporate the Calls to Action within NATA
Inform teachers regarding the Calls to Action
The Secretary-Treasurer is appointed by the president.
Have signing authority.
Prepare the annual budget and financial statement
Arrange for the annual review by a professional accountant
Complete all banking transactions of the Association.
Keep minutes of all meetings and distribute.
School Staff Representatives / School Staff Liaisons
SSRs conduct NATA business, while SSLs are liaisons with the STF.
Inform teachers on NATA and STF initiatives and educational issues.
Ensure member views and problems (regarding teaching conditions, Board policies, NATA activities/policies, STF activities/policies, negotiations, in-service education, PD opportunities, and curriculum issues) are relayed to the Executive, Representative Assembly and STF.
Relay resolutions collected from staff to the Resolutions Committee.
Constitution & Policy Chair
Contact SSRs twice per year requesting amendments to the Constitution.
Make motions for constitutional changes to all NATA members.
Submit proposed Constitution changes to the STF for review, recommendations and approval.
Revise and distribute the Constitution and Policy handbook.
Evaluate scholarship applications and select recipients ahead of the annual convention
Note: the Scholarships Chair and committee members may not be from the same community, be related to, nor have previously taught the applicant.
Evaluate applications and select recipients for Teacher Recognition Awards and Service Awards
Teacher Recognition Awards recognize teachers for their special contributions to the students of Northern Saskatchewan.
Service Awards recognize members for their contributions on behalf of NATA at the School, Division, and/or Provincial levels.
Ensure Retirement Recognition Awards are awarded to all eligible teachers
Retirement Recognition Awards recognize members for their contributions toward the teaching profession, upon their retirement.
Medium-Term Leave Chair
Chair 3 meetings per year with committee to evaluate applications for medium-term educational leave
Medium term education leave is intended to allow and support teachers to access learning opportunities that will support division program objectives or improve/broaden the qualifications of teachers.
Forward applications to Director for approval
Long-Term Leave Chair
Chair at least 1 meeting per year with committee to evaluate applications for long-term educational leave
Long term education leave is intended to allow and support teachers to access academic learning.
Forward applications to the Board for approval
Deferred Salary Plan Chair
Chair committee meetings to consider applications for the Deferred Salary Leave Plan
Make recommendations regarding applications to the Board.
The purpose of a Deferred Salary Leave Plan is to provide a teacher with a one year leave of absence in conjunction with a period of continuous employment
The committee consists of three representatives of the board and three NATA members, including the NATA President who serves as the committee chair.
The committee meets at least two times per year to discuss mutual concerns.
Board of Review
Made up of 3 NATA Executive & 3 Board Representatives
Receive and consider appeals related to the implementation or interpretation of the LINC Agreement
Want to get involved?
The work of NATA requires the engagement of all Northern Teachers so please consider a nomination to one of the elected positions or consider joining one of the many committees. Feel free to contact your NATA Executive for more information.