This course examines some of the human resource and financial issues a financial officer may face when working in an Aboriginal context. It offers participants the opportunity to acquire the essential skills and knowledge needed to fulfill one of the roles of a financial officer: that of a human resource manager.
The skills and knowledge gained will enable the financial officer to ensure that their organization hires, trains, and retains desired personnel. Through this course, participants will also gain the skills and knowledge that will enable them to better identify, review, and address some of the fiscal challenges of an Aboriginal Financial Officer. The framework for course discussions is current initiatives • both at the national and professional level • addressing issues related to the present fiscal relationship between Aboriginal governments and the Canadian state, with particular attention given to issues related to accountability.
The practice of Aboriginal-designed financial management is still new, and initiatives vary from community to community as a result of the diverse experiences, cultures, and environments of individual communities.
Thus, the development of one model or approach to addressing the many Aboriginal fiscal issues, has not been (and may never be) developed. However, we can learn from the experiences of others, in other communities, and either adapt or adopt approaches that are relevant and appropriate to our own community's experience and reality. Much of what is discussed in the lessons arises from the experiences of different communities.