National Center for First Nation Governance (NCFNG)
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"The Governance Best Practices Report profiles the work of 25 First Nations, tribes and aboriginal organizations across Canada and in the United States. Based on NCFNG's principles of effective governance, each profile provides the reader with a brief snapshot of strategies, techniques, procedures or processes that produce efficiencies in governance."
"This paper is organized as follows. Section 2 compares the process by which statutes are created (or amended) to that by which subordinate legislation is made into law. Section 3 briefly explores the role and activities of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. Section 4 consists of a detailed chronology of one (large) set of regulations, the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations (ACFLRs), focusing on their review and evaluation by the Standing Joint Committee.
"This report defines the language of outcomes, indicators, and performance measures and then summarizes a review of applications of several strategies and tools for tracking progress that have been developed since the late 80s. It then reviews the current performance measurement practice of Indian and Northern Affairs at the policy, program, intermediary, and community level. The results demonstrate a confused, wholly inadequate approach to the application of indicators and performance measures at every level.
The tools, traditions and relationships that it takes to re-build First Nations, to realize good governance, were the three key elements discussed at the Aboriginal Financial Management Association of B.C.- INAC conference on Governance and Accountability, held in Vancouver, June 10-11, 2002.
"This book offers effective strategies to help erase poverty. It advocates self-reliance, policy reform and cultural awareness. Accountability is required from all; the middle class, the trust fund babies and the underprivileged who see themselves as perpetual victims and have fallen into the entitlement trap. True Blue-prints are offered to rescue people from an economical slump and help them improve their life, and re-obtain a sense of self-worth."
As part of the Distributed Knowledge Sharing System initiative (See Distributed Knowledge Sharing System) AFOA has collected a number of samples of First Nation financial codes and policies from across the country - they are provided in this document courtesy of the source First Nation community or organization credited. These First Nation communities and organizations have agreed to share the results of their hard work with the understanding that the information contained is copyright owned by the First Nation.
Strategic planning and accountability type activities have been around for a long time. Individuals and organizations constantly look for new and innovative ways to improve what they do in these areas. In reality, some are more active at planning and some are more sophisticated in their approach. Strategic management has been thrust into the spotlight in the last decade as individuals and organizations realize that organizational success is often linked to results from enhanced activities in this area.