Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. Please click here to register online or click here to download the flyer and registration form. For more information or information regarding workshop space availability, please contact 1-866-722-2362 or info@afoa.ca. Please note that this does not include conference registration.


Capacity Development Pre-conference Workshops


Pre-Conference Workshops February 15 & 16, 2016
Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
Montréal, Québec


February 15 & 16, 2016

EFFECTIVE PLANNING, CREATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF YOUR TRUST

 (Offered in English only)
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 15 & 16, 2016

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING IN FIRST NATIONS

 (Offered in English only)
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.
 
February 15 & 16, 2016

THE POLITICS OF ETHICAL DECISION MAKING FOR ELECTED ABORIGINAL LEADERS

 (Offered in English only)
This workshop was designed specifically for elected Aboriginal leaders and focuses on the vital role that ethics play in their daily lives and the importance of ethical leadership in an Aboriginal setting. The workshop covers the following topics: rights, responsibilities and ethics; how they interact; how each influences the way Aboriginal elected leaders carry out their day to day jobs; common situations faced in elected positions where ethical issues are at stake; critical questions leaders must ask when wanting to make an ethical decision; and the essentials for creating an ethical work environment.

February 15 & 16, 2016

NEW - RETIREMENT PLANNING

 (Offered in English only)
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.
 
February 15, 2016

FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITY GOVERNANCE I

 (Offered in English only)
This workshop on First Nations Community Governance I 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 15, 2016

DEVELOPING BUSINESS PLANS AND FUNDING PROPOSALS

 (Offered in English only)
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 16, 2016

NEW - FIRST NATIONS GOVERNANCE II

 (Offered in English only)

Effective governance is essential to the success of First Nations communities. In this workshop tools have been developed that elected leaders can use in performing their leadership functions. Topics covered include: orientation and transition of newly elected leaders; elected leaders mandate and administration priorities; knowing your community history and context; organizational and community issues; moving towards prosperity; governing beyond the Indian Act; and others.

 
February 16, 2016

NEW - EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP

 (Offered in English only)

While effective leadership is the most critical factor in the success of an organization, community or business, it is a concept that covers a diverse array of meanings. Effective Leadership explores the concepts of leadership, management, and governance and the relationship and interdependence that exists among them. Participants will build valuable new skills:  learn about the core leadership skills that are the foundation of effective leadership including strategy, action and results; and learn about adaptive leadership skills which represent the qualities that great leaders have in common including emotional intelligence, organizational justice, character and development. You will learn about yourself and how to better lead others in providing service and support to organizations, boards, and communities.


February 16, 2016

NEW - BANKING 201 – NEGOTIATING CREDIT FACILITIES WITH A FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

 (Offered in English only)

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.

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