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AFOA Canada is offering a 2 day capacity development workshop on Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 5 & 6, 2009.

  Press Release September 9, 2009 As First Nations we are recognizing that learning to manage and report on performance is a big step on the path to self-governance. Can we articulate, agree on and then achieve our own goals rather than those imposed by others? The focus is on reporting on performance to community […]

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AFOA Canada is offering a 2 day capacity development workshop on Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations in Saskatoon

This workshop is the first to be offered in Canada that tackles the issue of performance reporting in First Nations. The focus is on reporting on performance to community members. The workshop focuses on core principles of performance reporting in First Nation environments and draws the link to financial reporting. Participants will be introduced to the Aboriginal Performance Wheel. Issues examined include: the appropriate level and frequency of reporting; identifying the important aspects of performance; identifying the kinds of information to be reported; and, preparing reports on goals.

by NationTalk on August 5, 2009794 Views

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Certification of First Nation Band Administrators Aims at Developing more Effective Management

Calgary, July 21 – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada (AFOA) and the National Centre for First Nations Governance (NCFNG) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today in which both organizations agree to seek ways to work collaboratively to develop a national certification for Aboriginal Administrators and Managers.

by NationTalk on July 22, 2009980 Views

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AFOA Canada is Offering a Series of 2 day Capacity Development Workshops across Canada


Monday, July 20, 2009

AFOA Canada is offering a series of 2 day capacity development workshops across Canada on Performance Measurement & Reporting in First Nations, Developing an Effective Remedial Management Plan in First Nations and An Introduction to Comprehensive Community Planning in First Nations.

by NationTalk on July 17, 2009995 Views

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AFOA Canada to hold series of cross-country Workshops on Reporting on Tangible Capital Assets


Effective January 1, 2009, all First Nations will be required to account for tangible capital assets on their statement of financial position. First Nations will have to report capital assets on their financial statements at historical cost and amortized over the assets’ estimated useful life on the statement of operations. This is as a result of INAC’s requirement for First Nations to report using the Common Government Reporting Model beginning January 1, 2009.

by NationTalk on July 6, 2009891 Views

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Developing an Effective Remedial Management Plan in First Nations – 2 Day Workshop


Thunder Bay, Ontario – July 13 – 14, 2009

Travelodge Hotel Airlane, Thunder Bay, ON

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This workshop will help staff acquire the knowledge and techniques needed to develop a Remedial Management Plan for their communities and in so doing help them achieve financial stability and accountability. With the support of case studies, issues examined include: What is a RMP? Understanding the RMP and its impact; Who does what and when in the RMP? How do you develop a RMP? Measuring and assessing performance of the RMP.

by NationTalk on June 1, 20091701 Views

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Performance Measurement and Reporting in First Nations – 2 day Workshop


Calgary, Alberta – June 25 & 26, 2009

Sheraton Cavalier, Calgary, AB

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This workshop is the first to be offered in Canada that tackles the issue of performance reporting in First Nations. The focus is on reporting on performance to community members NOT funders.

Learning to manage and report on performance is a big step on the path to self-governance. Financial information is one aspect of performance, however financial statements only give part of the performance picture. There are many other equally if not more important aspects of performance like:

by NationTalk on June 1, 2009806 Views

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AFOA – Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards Nominations Now Accepting Nominations


AFOA is now accepting nominations for the 2009 Xerox Canada-AFOA Canada Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in financial management in Aboriginal communities and organizations.

There are two categories for nominations for the AFOA-Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards. The National category recognizes individuals who have contributed to the Aboriginal financial management profession on a national or institutional level. The Regional category recognizes those individuals who have made their contributions at the regional, local or community level.

by NationTalk on December 15, 20081066 Views

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Canadian Olympic Committee Launches Aboriginal Olympian Stories School Program at the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games

COWICHAN, BC, Aug. 1 – Today, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) celebrated the official launch of its Aboriginal Olympian Stories, a new addition to the Canadian Olympic School Program. These stories are a new division to the recently expanded Canadian Olympic School Program presented by RBC.

These stories profile Aboriginal Olympians who have represented Canada at the Olympic Games. They offer students the opportunity to gain new insights into Aboriginal cultures. The Education Symposium hosted by the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games provided an ideal opportunity for COC to launch the program.

by NationTalk on August 2, 20082172 Views

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Anishinabek Name First Citizenship Commissioner

GARDEN RIVER FIRST NATION, ON, May 27 – Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell, who led a Supreme Court challenge of the federal government’s system of determining Indian Status, is the first Anishinabek Nation Commissioner on Citizenship.

“It is important that we distinguish between Indian Status and Citizenship,” Grand Council Chief John Beaucage said in announcing the appointment at the E-Dbendaagzijig (“those who belong”) conference. “Our new commissioner carries with her all our confidence in assuming a leadership role in our citizenship initiative.”

by NationTalk on May 27, 20082349 Views

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Leadership in Aboriginal Finance and Management Recognized at 8th Annual AFOA National Conference

MONTREAL, Feb. 14 – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada is pleased to announce the 2008 recipients of the AFOA/Xerox Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership awards at 8th Annual AFOA national conference in Montreal, Quebec.

The recipients for the 5th year of the award are Chief Thomas M. Bressette of Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation just north of Sarnia Ontario and Dan Christmas, Senior Advisor to Chief and Council at Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia.

by NationTalk on February 15, 20081112 Views

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Aboriginal senior leaders gather to attend AFOA National Conference in Montréal, Québec – February 13 & 14, 2008

MONTREAL, Feb. 11 – The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada is holding its 8th National Conference February 13 & 14, 2008, at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal. Over 700 Aboriginal leaders, senior managers and professionals will be in attendance.

The Conference theme is “Aboriginal Management and Leadership – Working Together Towards Prosperity”. The theme is meant to underscore the need for an effective relationship between managers and elected/appointed leaders as a prerequisite for social and economic progress in Aboriginal communities and organizations.

by NationTalk on February 11, 20081541 Views

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AFOA accepting nominations for 2008 Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards – Deadline Extended: December 31, 2007

AFOA is now accepting nominations for the 2008 Xerox Canada-AFOA Canada Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize individuals who have demonstrated commitment and leadership in financial management in Aboriginal communities and organizations.

by NationTalk on December 18, 2007963 Views

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Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada Notice Of Annual Meeting Of Members February 13, 2008

Notice is hereby given that the Annual Meeting of all members in good standing of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada will be held on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. (local time) in the Jolliet Ballroom, at the Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth, 900 Rene Levesque Blvd West, Montreal QC, for the following purposes:

1. To receive the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Members, February 21, 2007;

2. To receive the Annual Report 2006-2007;

3. To receive the Audited Financial Statements of AFOA for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007, and the report of the auditor thereon; (in Annual Report)

4. To appoint the auditor for the ensuing year;

5. To receive the report on the Directors appointments and elections for the ensuing year; and

6. To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment or adjournments thereof.

To view the above mentioned items 1 to 3, please visit our website at www.afoa.ca.

>>Visit here to view proxy.

by NationTalk on December 4, 2007880 Views

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AFOA-Xerox Excellence in Leadership Awards

Xerox Canada and the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association are proud to present the Excellence in Leadership Awards – Advancing Aboriginal financial management

Recognizing effort and rewarding excellence

The Aboriginal Financial Officers Association (AFOA) of Canada and Xerox Canada are dedicated to helping Aboriginals reach the highest standard of excellence in financial management. This is one example of that commitment.

by NationTalk on December 4, 20071067 Views

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CICA Draft Report on Financial Reporting by First Nations

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) is conducting a ground-breaking research study on Financial Reporting by First Nations. Although accounting standards exist for a range of public sector entities First Nations’ governments have not been explicitly included in these standards. The CICA is examining that void by looking at: the changing environment for First Nations’ financial reporting; the needs of users; objectives of First Nations financial statements; and how financial reporting by First Nations compares with other public sector organizations.

by NationTalk on November 13, 20071014 Views

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Apex Resources Announces Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Hearings to Resume Shortly

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 26 — Apex Resources Group, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: APXR) announces Mackenzie Valley Pipeline hearings to resume shortly.

After a Gas Symposium, in Anchorage on September 17, the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline may finally be on track. Hearings by the Joint Review Panel are scheduled for this fall & winter and will be put before Canada’s National Energy Board for action in mid- to late 2008. ExxonMobil Corp. and ConoccoPhillips Co., are now in Ottawa talking with Canadian federal officials about fiscal incentives for the project. A regulation reform conference with federal officials is taking place in Vancouver, BC, the week of September 24, 2007. The 1,200-kilometre Mackenzie Valley Pipeline could be operational in 2014 and would carry gas in the Mackenzie Delta near Inuvik to northern Alberta, with an Alaska pipeline in operation a few years later.

by NationTalk on September 26, 20071100 Views

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2007 National Conference Proceedings Now Available

AFOA’s 2007 National Conference in February in Vancouver attracted an unprecedented 800 delegates and was rated an unqualified success by those who attended. Photographs from the Conference are now available on AFOA’s website at www.afoa.ca. If you were with us in February, check out the site to see if you can find your photograph!

If you were unable to attend, AFOA is pleased to announce that written Conference proceedings are now available. The proceedings contain summarized versions of all workshops and plenary presentations, in an easy to read, useful format. They are accompanied by copies of the Powerpoint presentations made by speakers. If you are interested in receiving AFOA’s 2007 Conference Proceedings, you can download a copy by click here or contact AFOA to receive a complimentary hard copy (members only). Non-members can order a copy for $ 49.00 by clicking here.

by NationTalk on September 23, 2007817 Views

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AFOA – Three New Publications, On-line Courses and Workshops Soon to be Available

AFOA is in the second phase of developing three new publications and courses on the following topics:

1) Performance Measurement & Reporting in First Nations: A Focus on Results – this publication and course will enable First Nations to use performance reporting as part of their strategy to enhance performance and strengthen their communities and organizations. The focus is on reporting on performance to community members. With the guidance of an Advisory Committee, and supported by Case Studies, the publication and course will identify core principles of performance reporting in First Nation environments and draw the link to financial reporting. Issues to be examined include: the appropriate level and frequency of reporting; identifying the important aspects of performance; identifying the kinds of information to be reported; and, preparing reports on goals.

by NationTalk on September 20, 2007868 Views

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2nd Annual Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Conference Awards

AFOA and Grant Thornton, LLP, are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Aboriginal Youth Financial Management Conference Awards.

This is an exceptional opportunity for Aboriginal youth. Three young Aboriginals in grades 11 and/or 12 will be selected from across Canada to travel to Montreal, Quebec in February 2008 to attend AFOA’s National Conference and participate in a special Youth Program.

All interested applicants are requested to submit a “Notification of Interest” as soon as possible. For more information on the Youth Awards or to download a copy of the Notification of Interest, click here.

Deadline for final submissions is 5:00 p.m., EST on December 20, 2007.

AFOA is committed to providing Aboriginal youth with the support and initiative to pursue a career in Aboriginal finance and management.

by NationTalk on September 14, 2007987 Views

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Environment Minister Announces Decision on the Proposed Lennox Island Water Supply Upgrade Project in Prince Edward Island

Lennox Island Water Supply Upgrade, Lennox Island, Prince County, Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, September 11, 2007 – The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, today announced that the proposed Lennox Island Water Supply Upgrade Project in Prince Edward Island is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects. The Minister has consequently referred the project back to the responsible authority, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, for appropriate action.

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007932 Views

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Input being sought from AFOA members on CICA Draft Report on Financial Reporting by First Nations

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) is conducting a ground-breaking research study on Financial Reporting by First Nations. Although accounting standards exist for a range of public sector entities First Nations’ governments have not been explicitly included in these standards. The CICA is examining that void by looking at: the changing environment for First Nations’ financial reporting; the needs of users; objectives of First Nations financial statements; and how financial reporting by First Nations compares with other public sector organizations.

by NationTalk on September 10, 2007829 Views

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MMF – Message from the President Sept. 4, 2007

It has been often said that a people without a history has no future. Throughout the forests and plains of the Metis Nation Homeland in north central North America the Metis have made our mark. On both sides of the border, in both Canada and the United States, the Metis People have forged a distinct history through difficult struggles and hard-won victories.

The dates of 1816, 1849, 1851, and 1869-70, mark some of the military, legal, and political battles fought by our Ancestors. They were always prepared to protect their families and lands, uphold justice, and defend rights. Subsequently, our Ancestors became the Founders of Manitoba and Partners in Confederation. After the defeat of 1885, the Metis entered a period which we call the dark times and we become the Forgotten People.

by NationTalk on September 4, 2007808 Views

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Recruitment, Retention, Advancement Workshop: An Employer’s Map to Aboriginal Inclusion

Date: October 18, 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC

Mastering Aboriginal Inclusion Workshop
Thursday, October 18, 2007
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Host Organization: BC Hydro
Custom Service Meeting Room
2nd Floor, 333 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

Training Workshop
Join us for an interactive workshop that presents the competitive advantage of Aboriginal inclusion.

by NationTalk on August 28, 20071152 Views

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2007 NAHO Photo Contest Winners Announced

2007 Photo Contest Winners

And the Winners Are…

Aboriginal Spirit:

1st place Title: Sharing Our Song
Photographer: Shanna Hagens

2nd place:
Title: Dene Games — Grade One Finger Pull
Photographer: Yvonne Anderson

3rd place:
Title: One Foot High Kick — Northern Games
Photographer: David Stewart

by NationTalk on August 25, 20071125 Views

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AFOA’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Thursday, September 13th

AFOA Canada’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament has been rescheduled to Thursday September 13th and will take place at the Chateau Cartier,
Aylmer, QC. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We appreciate your support in our efforts to raise funds and awareness of our Aboriginal Scholarship Program.

by NationTalk on July 1, 2007837 Views

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May 29, 2007 – AltaCanada Energy Corp. First Quarter 2007

First quarter, 2007 results refl ect our decision to direct cash fl ow to our Fort Belknap, Montana exploration play as opposed to production additions through drilling. This put us in a very competitive position for our April, 2007 land sale at Fort Belknap but sales volumes declined 23 percent to 818 BOE/d compared to Q1 2006 and combined with lower gas prices dropped oil and gas revenue from $4.3 million to $2.2 million and cash fl ow from $1.9 million to $0.9 million ($0.01 per share). A $436,190 hedging liability (unrealized) was booked at March 31, 2007; gas prices have recovered since then and the current hedging position is only mildly negative.

by NationTalk on June 1, 2007832 Views

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