Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Please see reverse registration form to register. For more information or information regarding workshop space availability, please contact 1-866-722-2362 or Please note that this does not include conference registration.

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Capacity Development Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshops February 16 & 17, 2015
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
Winnipeg, Manitoba

February 16 & 17, 2015
More and more Aboriginal communities are creating Trusts as a result of the increasing number of specific claim settlements,impact and economic benefit agreements and other resource sharing opportunities. The resulting increase in wealth accumulation is placing tremendous responsibility upon leadership, management, and staff to create effective Trust structures. This workshop is designed to raise awareness and understanding among community officials about the following topics: how to plan a Trust; increased community readiness; understanding the complexities in creating a Trust; ways to create the most appropriate Trust structure for your needs; key areas in implementing a Trust; and suitable investment strategies that meet the needs of the Trust today and for future generations.
February 17, 2015 - SOLD OUT

The fourth Human Resources Management Essentials Module in the series provides participants with information that will enable them to enhance employee compensation and benefits functions within their organizations. This one day workshop covers the following topics: compensation design – salary and other pay, job design, reward and incentive programs; relevant legislation and regulations regarding compensation; benefits – employee assistance programs, health and wellness plans and initiatives, health care benefits; pensions and retirement savings;  and payroll administration. SOLD OUT
February 17, 2015
This workshop on First Nations Community Governance is directed toward elected Aboriginal leaders and Senior Administration staff working in First Nation communities. It has been designed to provide a general overview of Aboriginal governance concepts, as well as many practical examples and best practices to assist elected Aboriginal leaders and administration staff in better understanding the roles and responsibilities of the governing body, administration and community members. Topics covered include: role of Aboriginal governing bodies; local Aboriginal governance structures and issues; principles of good governance; a First Nations perspective; the power of Chief and Council; tools for council meeting management; and a refresher on policy.
February 17, 2015
Increasingly, economic development is being recognized as a way for Aboriginal governments and communities to increase their wealth, citizen employment, and community pride, and to build the influence and financial resources needed for other important goals. Economic Development can be approached in many different ways and it can all seem overwhelming.  This one day workshop provides you with an understanding of what economic development is and encourages discussion about best practices and lessons learned, and provides the basic tools needed to begin your own successful strategic economic development planning process. 
February 17, 2015
There is an increasing need for First Nations to develop multiple sources of revenue and to move away from their dependence upon federal financial transfers.  With this in mind, greater emphasis is being placed on the development of community owned business and development corporations.  A Business Plan is a vital tool that can help assess whether the development of a new business or the purchase of an existing business is prudent.  This workshop will help you better understand the business planning process and the key elements of an effective business plan.

February 17, 2015
Working to enhance and strengthen the knowledge of elected Aboriginal leaders in performing their community financial responsibilities, this workshop builds on Demystifying Finance for Elected Aboriginal Leaders I.   This workshop takes an analytical approach to understanding how to analyze financial reports through the use of financial ratios.  The most frequently used financial ratios for Aboriginal organizations will be discussed and how they apply to community decision-making.   These ratios include Industry ratios, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada ratios and First Nation Financial Management Board financial ratios.   There will also be a discussion on financial trends, debt and revenue sources.

Dollars and Sense Pre-Conference Training Workshop - SOLD OUT

AFOA Canada Dollars and Sense Pre-Conference Training Workshop 
February 16, 2015, Winnipeg, MB
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg


Come out and learn about our youth targeted financial literacy suite of workshops!

With funding from the TD Bank Group, AFOA Canada has developed three financial literacy Dollars and Sense modules for Aboriginal students: (1) The Secondary School Module for students in grades 11 and 12; (2) The Middle School Module for students in grades 7 and 8; and (3) The Elementary School Module for students in grades 3 and 4.
The goals of the Dollars and Sense Program are to:
(1) enhance students understanding of handling finances and using money wisely;
(2) provide the knowledge and skills to help students make informed financial decisions;
  (3) increase students understanding of saving and setting financial goals;
(4) assist students in determining the real costs of products and services; and
(4) build students awareness of career opportunities in finance.
This one day workshop has been designed to provide training in the administration, coordination and delivery of the Dollars and Sense modules. Topics covered include: becoming familiar with the modules; signing an agreement; roles and responsibilities; program costs; how to structure a delivery session; facilitation tips; and others. While participants from AFOA Canada Chapters and the TD Bank Group will be invited to attend this workshop, those interested in learning more about the Dollars and Sense  program are most welcome to register for this workshop. This module will be offered as a pre-conference training workshop at the AFOA Canada 15th Anniversary National Conference being held in Winnipeg, Manitoba in February 2015.  

For more information on the pre-conference workshops please contact Patricia Debassige Toll-free: (866) 722-2362 Ext.105 or via Email: