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Webinar: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses [Atlantic Aboriginal Economic Development Integrated Research Program, AAEDIRP]

Publisher: 
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
Year of publication: 
2019

Webinar on APC 2019 Report: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses

Indigenous businesses in Atlantic Canada are making a sizeable contribution to the regional economy and are expanding rapidly, but financial obstacles remain a significant barrier to their future growth.

Policy Brief: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses [Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, APCFNC]

Publisher: 
Atlantic Provinces Economic Council
Year of publication: 
2019

Policy Brief for 2019 APC Report: Highlighting Successful Atlantic Indigenous Businesses

Tzeachten First Nation Land Use Plan [Tzeachten First Nation]

Publisher: 
Dillon Consulting Limited
Year of publication: 
2018

A wonderful resource that describes the land use planning operations of the nation, zoning classification, community planning and design, clear outcomes and development. A great example for others to use as a template for planning in their community.

Information Technology [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

To make sure that access to the First Nation’s information is managed, Council must create a policy for information systems used by the First Nation that follow the rules and standards below:

Information Management [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

Having the proper controls around information management will support Council and the administration in maintaining the required levels of confidentiality and security of data.

Information management involves:

the gathering of information from one or more sources
the sorting and distributing of that information to those who need it
the management of that information through record keeping

Sample Document Retention Periods (DOCX)

Reporting of Remuneration and Expenses [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

Reporting to the First Nation on money paid to and money expensed by each Councillor is part of sound governance practices and reinforces Council’s accountability to its members. This report is to be completed yearly.

The FAL requires that Council create a policy on this that includes the steps for:

External Audit [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

An external audit is the process of having someone independent review an organization’s financial statements and form a view as to whether or not they reflect the actual state of the money and property of the organization.

The independent reviewer (known as the auditor ) must follow certain standards known as auditing standards. The external audit provides reassurance to the First Nation and other readers of the financial statements that what they are reading reflects reality.

Appointment of the First Nation's Officers [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

There are certain key tasks that need to get done in every First Nation. These involve managing the overall day-to-day operations of the First Nation that include specific tasks around finances and reporting.

The FAL requires that these be assigned to specific individuals to make sure that they get done.

Therefore Council must create a policy outlining the duties and roles of the First Nation’s officers which include the senior manager, the senior financial officer and the tax administrator (if the First Nation is collecting local revenues).

FAC Meetings [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

The Finance and Audit Committee policy must also include the steps for committee meetings, including that:

Code of Conduct [First Nations Financial Management Board, FNFMB]

Publisher: 
First Nations Financial Management Board
Year of publication: 
2019

A code of conduct is an important element of good governance because it acts as a guideline for ethical decision making. It also encourages positive working relationships and acts as a reference for solving ethical issues in the workplace.

The code of conduct applies to Council, officers, employees, committee members, contractors, and agents of the First Nation and must be included in employee contracts, contracts for service, and when approving someone as an agent or to serve on the Finance and Audit Committee.

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