Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations—2 Day Workshop 

The key focus of this workshop is on reporting on performance to community members. The workshop covers the following topics: core principles of performance reporting in First Nation environments; links principles to financial reporting; the Aboriginal Performance Wheel; the appropriate level and frequency of reporting; important aspects of performance; the kinds of information to be reported; and preparing reports on goals.

PMR AGENDA

An Introduction to Comprehensive Community Planning in First Nations—2 Day Workshop

Many communities throughout the country are undertaking Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) in an effort to improve their economic base while asserting their independence and ownership of community resources. Using best practices and case studies this workshop focuses on: history and evolution of CCP; exploring Indigenous principles; and current models and insights from First Nations who have completed CCP.

CCP AGENDA

Developing an Effective Management Action Plan for First Nations—2 Day Workshop

 In April 2011, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) revised its Intervention Policy to create a new Default Prevention and Management Policy and developed new tools to support this Policy. The tools include the Management Action Plan (MAP) which replaces the Remedial Management Plan (RMP). A MAP is a comprehensive planning initiative which helps First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations address underlying causes of defaults in funding agreements. This workshop covers the following topics: the new Policy for Default Prevention and Management, the Directive on Default Management, the MAP Process; the evolution from RMP to MAP; and a General Planning Guide based on a strategic planning process. Many workshop participants attend this workshop because they may be required to develop a Management Action Plan, because they are in a form of intervention, or to broaden their management skills and learn how to avoid intervention.

MAP AGENDA
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations—2 Day Workshop

The key focus of this workshop is on reporting on performance to community members. The workshop covers the following topics: core principles of performance reporting in First Nation environments; links principles to financial reporting; the  Aboriginal Performance Wheel; the appropriate level and frequency of reporting; important aspects of performance; the kinds of information to be reported; and preparing reports on goals.

PMR AGENDA


An Introduction to Comprehensive Community Planning in First Nations—2 Day Workshop

Many communities throughout the country are undertaking Comprehensive Community Planning (CCP) in an effort to improve their economic base while asserting their independence and ownership of community resources. Using best practices and case studies this workshop focuses on: history and evolution of CCP; exploring Indigenous principles; and current models and insights from First Nations who have completed CCP.

CCP AGENDA



Developing an Effective Management Action Plan for First Nations—2 Day Workshop

In April 2011, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) revised its Intervention Policy to create a new Default Prevention and Management Policy and developed new tools to support this Policy. The tools include the Management Action Plan (MAP) which replaces the Remedial Management Plan (RMP). A MAP is a comprehensive planning initiative which helps First Nation communities and Aboriginal organizations address underlying causes of defaults in funding agreements. This workshop covers the following topics: the new Policy for Default Prevention and Management, the Directive on Default Management, the MAP Process; the evolution from RMP to MAP; and a General Planning Guide based on a strategic planning process. Many workshop participants attend this workshop because they may be required to develop a Management Action Plan, because they are in a form of intervention, or to broaden their management skills and learn how to avoid intervention.

MAP AGENDA



Strategic Planning in First Nations—2 Day Workshop

Strategic Planning in First Nation communities is an essential component of community development. A strategic plan is a road map to lead a community from where it is now to where it would like to be in five or ten years. Learn how to engage the right people within the community and understand the resources required to make your strategic plan a reality. Learn what the key components of a successful strategic plan are and how to measure progress on your community’s strategic plan.

STPL AGENDA



Values and Ethics in the Aboriginal Workplace—2 Day Workshop

This workshop has been developed to provide participants with a broad understanding of creating and maintaining values and ethics within the Aboriginal workplace. The workshop covers the following areas: business ethics; how ethics relate to Aboriginal traditions; fundamentals of human resource management; how to develop a code of ethics for your organization; how the issue of ethics impacts governance and accountability; and all aspects of community and economic development activities.

ETHS AGENDA




An Introduction to Community Economic Development—2 Day Workshop

Increasingly, economic development is being recognized as a way for Aboriginal governments and communities to increase their wealth, citizen employment, 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 workshop provides you with an understanding of what economic development;and encourages discussion about best practices, lessons learned; and provides the basic tools needed to begin your own successful strategic economic development planning process.

ECDV AGENDA



Effective Planning, Creation and Implementation of Your Trust- 2 Day Workshop

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.

TRUST AGENDA



NEW - Retirement Planning - 2 Day Workshop

Retirement Planning for Aboriginal peoples is a new financial literacy workshop developed to fill a knowledge and skill gap that currently exists with 63.4% Aboriginal peoples knowing little to nothing about saving for retirement (Aboriginal Financial Literacy Needs Assessment and Framework, July 2015, AFOA Canada). Topics covered in the workshop include: Retirement Overview; Developing a Sound Financial Plan; Sources of Income; Tax Planning; Government Benefits; Insurance; Estate Planning; and Other Considerations and Options.

RETP_AGENDA

Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 1 - Professional Practice - 1 Day Workshop

AFOA Canada has developed a series of four one day modules focusing on Human Resources Management Essentials for those working in Aboriginal organizations. Module 1 provides an overview of the professional practice of Human Resources Management which contributes to the success of the organization. The workshop covers the following topics: working in Aboriginal environments; developing an environment that fosters effective working relationships; ethical practices; managing human resources contractors and specialists; managing client relationships; legal and legislative requirements relevant to human resources functions; and governance and compliance with legal requirements.


HRME1 AGENDA

Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 2 – Planning and Staffing - 1 Day Workshop

AFOA Canada is pleased to introduce the second module in a series of four one day modules focusing on Human Resources Management Essentials for those working in Aboriginal organizations. Module 2 provides participants with information that will enable them to enhance the planning and staffing functions within their organizations. This one day workshop covers the following topics: human resource planning; recruitment and selection; discipline policy and process; and termination processes. Join us in an interactive and engaging session that allows ample time for discussion and application of the concepts being presented.

HRME2 AGENDA



Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 3 – Performance Management and Employee Training and Development - 1 Day Workshop

AFOA Canada is pleased to introduce the third module in a series of four one day modules focusing on Human Resources Management Essentials for those working in Aboriginal organizations. Module3 provides participants with information that will enable them to enhance the performance management and employee training and development functions within their organizations. This one day workshop covers the following topics: performance management – aligning employee activities and achievement of results to organizational goals; ongoing communication, feedback, dialogue and coaching; organizational climate and culture; employee performance appraisals; compliance with legislated training obligations; training needs assessments and training priorities; and coordination of employee training. Join us in an interactive and engaging session that allows ample time for discussion and application of the concepts being presented.


HRME3 AGENDA

Human Resources Management Essentials: Module 4 – Employee Compensation and Benefits - 1 Day Workshop

AFOA Canada is pleased to introduce the fourth module in a series of four one day modules focusing on Human Resources Management Essentials for those working in Aboriginal organizations. Module4 provides participants with information that will enable them to enhance the 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.

HRME4 AGENDA



Developing Business Plans and Funding Proposals - 1 Day Workshop

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. 


BPFP AGENDA


Banking 101 – The Banking Relationship - 1 Day Workshop

This workshop is the first in a series of banking workshops. It will provide the participants with a better understanding of financial institutions and ‎what the bank needs to provide loans to Aboriginal governments. The participant will understand how an Aboriginal government can set up credit facilities and the importance of debt covenants. The workshop will also discuss the importance of the relationship between the bank and an Aboriginal government and how a bank advisor can contribute to the goals of an Aboriginal government.

Workshop Agenda is currently not available.



Banking 201 – Negotiating Credit Facilities with a Financial Institution - 1 Day Workshop

This workshop is one in a series of banking workshops.   It will provide participants with a better understanding of the different types of credit facilities that can meet the needs of communities.   The participant will understand important considerations in negotiating credit facilities such as: how a lender protects itself; pricing and fees of loans; and lender and borrower rights.   There will be a discussion on the different types of security and collateral.  This will lead into outlining strategies on how to manage financing such as refinancing, debt consolidation and asset sales.

BANK2 AGENDA



Banking 301 – Financing a Major Economic Development Project or Infrastructure Project - 1 Day Workshop

This workshop is the third in the banking series. It will provide participants with an understanding of the main considerations in financing a major economic development project such as a renewable energy or a major infrastructure project such as a road. Participants will learn how to: develop a business and financial plan; identify capital inputs and resources needed; identify sources of financing (banks and others); identify risks; identify federal and provincial/territorial government programs that can assist and the appropriate corporate structure required; and how to assess the costs and benefits. A case study will be presented.

Workshop Agenda is currently not available.

 


General Workshop Brochure

Participant Testimonials

 

“This was my third consecutive year taking a pre-conference workshop and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to learn not only from the instructor but from others across the country that attend these courses. The information is fantastic, clear and concise. There are always a lot of stories and laughter shared that take it from a traditional classroom learning level to a more comfortable approach that encourages you to share your situations and to feel free to ask questions. I am hoping for more modules in the HR courses I have been taking these last few years!”

Annie E. Johnson, BBA, BACS, Director of Administration
     UINR, NS


“Songhees Nation hosted an AFOA Capacity Development Workshop on Human Resource Management Essentials.  We had fourteen participants representing our senior management team and representatives from our neighbouring First Nations.  A two day workshop was well received.  Participants commented that the information was relevant and valuable.  We appreciated the First Nations context of the workshop material.  The workshop was very interactive and dialogue was encouraged throughout.  AFOA is providing high quality capacity development workshops that are making a difference in our communities.”

Christina Clarke, Director of Operations
     Songhees Nation, BC


“At the Effective Planning, Creation and Implementation of Your Trust pre-conference workshop, all information was very important where we have a good idea on how to work on achieving a Trust Fund. P.S. I came away with more Trust information then when I got here.”

Stewart Henderson, Economic Development Officer,
     Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, ON

 

“The Effective Planning, Creation and Implementation of Your Trust pre-conference workshop is/was very motivational and inspiring.  It provided more tools to assist with my job.”

Teresa C. Migwans, CAFM, Trust Administrator
     Atikameksheng Trust, ON


 “The Values and Ethics in the Aboriginal Workplace workshop helps to ground a person and to look at what guides them through personally and professionally.  We learn to appreciate our role models.”

Sharon Stevenson, BA, HBA, CAFM, Finance Manager
     Peguis School Board, MB


“Learnt a greater understanding of how important a code of ethics is needed for any group/organization.”

Alice Becker
     Temagami First Nation, ON


“The Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations pre-conference workshop was an excellent mixture of information and practical solutions to age old problems.”

Ainsley Leween, Community Wellbeing Office Administrator/Accreditation
     Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte - Community Wellbeing, ON


“The Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations pre-conference workshop gave me the opportunity to learn what other communities are doing in terms of performance reporting and got direct feedback on my ideas.”

Neil McInnes, Director of Finance
     Mount Currie Band/Lil'wat Nation, BC


“All the workshops that AFOA put on are good and pertain to issues all communities face.  They provide ideas for solutions!”

Barry Wilson, Counsellor
     Fisher River Cree Nation, MB