ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The normally recognized work of the National Trust – acquisition, protection and care of property, development and implementation of programs and public engagement (including membership and fundraising) – rests primarily with the National Trust society in each province. Each Provincial/Territorial entity is the primary public interface and is the primary delivery agent for the work of the National Trust in their home base. This includes the responsibility for fund raising and financial management. Each Provincial/Territorial entity will be independent in its actions, and will determine its own priorities, in accordance with the National Trust principles and with any standards, criteria or (collective) objectives that may be established from time to time by the National Board.
The national entity will be responsible for coordinating, facilitating and supporting activities of the collective on a national basis. It will also supplement fundraising activities at the national level, and provide a comprehensive national voice – both for the National Trust itself, and for the conservation work and issues that the National Trust is involved with. The national entity will also have similar legal authorities as the its provincial/territorial members, such that in the event a local entity does not exist in a particular province or region, the national entity may take on those functions in the interim.
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOVERNMENT
In accordance with National Trust principles, each component of the National Trust as well as the collective will remain independent of government. However, each component will also be encouraged to develop a strong, mutually beneficial and mutually supportive relationship with all three levels of government. Primary responsibility for working with the Federal Government will rest with the National entity, while the provincial/territorial entities will focus on working with their respective provincial and local governments.
While all three levels of government will be directly involved in their own conservation and parks development activities, it is recognized by all (including government) that their capacity is limited and their ability to respond to emerging threats or urgent considerations is, in many cases, restricted. The National Trust – if recognized and supported by government – can work in partnership with government to overcome these restrictions; it can mobilize more quickly, address issues more directly and work more efficiently and economically than government and, in so doing, can supplement and enhance conservation objectives.
The ultimate goal is to have each level of government recognize, acknowledge and support the National Trust as a partner.