“Our team of experts help our clients' Finance and Operational departments optimize organizational performance. We identify process gaps and inefficiencies as well as mitigating actions to help our clients achieve their organizational goals. Our team has expertise in business planning, key performance indicators (KPIs), business case development, financial governance structures, including the Government of Canada's Program Activity Architecture (PAA) and performance management frameworks such as the Balanced Scorecard.”
"Case Study: Membertou First Nation explores the process of Membertou’s transformation from a welfare reserve completely dependent on federal funding to one of Cape Breton’s economic bright spots. In delving into the community’s story, we will see that in order to transform itself, Membertou mobilized its most important asset - its people."
"I suggest that geographical isolation segregates individuals and communities from linking and bridging networks; reliance on bonding networks in such locales often results in limited access to financial and human resources. In places where networks extend beyond the community, larger pools of resources are accessed. The dissertation highlights, however, the potential detrimental role that such external networks can play in the family lives of marginal communities.
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"This paper profiles a number of national, regional, and local Aboriginal (Indian, Métis, and Inuit) and non-Aboriginal government sponsored programs and services that promote and support Aboriginal entrepreneurs and small business owners in Canada. Various non-governmental and private support programs intended to support the development and success of Aboriginal entrepreneurs – available through various financial, corporate, academic, and Aboriginal institutions – are also profiled.
This guidebook is about First Nations developing their own approaches to evaluating how well community programs are achieving community goals. It presents ideas and options for First Nations to consider in developing self-evaluation tools that reflect Aboriginal communities, traditions and priorities.
A product of AFOA Saskatchewan Chapter - The Sample First Nation Operations Manual focuses on the reporting and financial management responsibilities of a financial officer of an average-sized First Nation. It covers Organizational structure, Government & Administration, Finance, Housing & Public Works, School Programs, Post-secondary Educational Program, Lands & Resources Program, Health Program, CFS Program Social Development Program, Employee Management and Codes of Conduct.
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.
Disclaimer: The following sample financial policy/procedural templates have been reviewed and certified by the Aboriginal Financial Officers of Canada (AFOA) as meeting Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Any resemblance to an existing First Nation community/organization’s financial code is entirely coincidental, or permission to share has been obtained and credited to the source First Nation community/organization.
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.