Engagement Sessions Led by Don Morrison

Don Morrison
Engagement Consultant

SOUTHERN FIRST NATIONS SECRETARIAT and NOKIIWIN TRIBAL COUNCIL  engaged key stakeholders to develop a long-term capacity development strategy that recognizes where each participating community’s needs are.

A series of virtual focus group meetings were held in 2021 with First Nations Leadership, Tribal Councils, Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), and auditing firm representatives.  The information was utilized to help develop a sustainable capacity development strategy that recognizes the needs of First Nations.

The intent is to engage First Nation representatives and to partner with First Nation entities and individuals throughout this project.

Why is this Initiative Important?

Many First Nations in Ontario struggle with financial & operational management issues.
There are both common and unique issues. Reasons range from:

  • inability to attract and retain a stable and trained workforce;
  • ineffective set up/use of accounting software, internal control & reporting systems;
  • impacts of crisis management on normal operations;
  • access to internal support systems such as Human Resources and IT;
  • financial knowledge levels of non-financial program managers;
  • greater need for leadership support, policy implementation and decision-making.