Chiefs & Councils
Band Managers
First Nations of Canada

I am very pleased to present to you the Fiscal Planning Calendar Version 1.0. It is my sincere hope that you will find this product a useful tool in the planning and administration of your First Nation.

When the Minister of Indian Affairs invited proposals under the Gathering Strength initiative, my Council and our Band staff reflected on areas where we most needed improvement in our challenge to serve our members effectively within the resources we were allocated. Like many other First Nations in this country, we were dealing with an operating deficit which we wanted to address on our terms, not those of the funding agencies. As we sat down to come up with measures that would allow us to deal with the deficit and maintain effective program delivery, we realized that we would need a plan. We soon came to understand that such a plan couldn't be isolated to one aspect of band operations nor to simply dealing with the deficit. We also realized that deficit or not, effective fiscal planning was one important key to exercising our responsibilities as Band Council.

What we needed was a comprehensive fiscal plan that would help guide our financial operations, allow Council to retain appropriate control over the budget, and allow staff the authority make expenditures within their program budgets. When we looked for outside help and financial products to assist us, we quickly realized that there were no readily available products that took into account the realities that face us as First Nations. It was then that we decided to submit a proposal to develop the Fiscal Planning Calendar. In addition to funding this proposal, Indian Affairs worked in partnership with us by appointing officials from both the regional office and Ottawa to our steering committee. We were fortunate to find excellent technical partners in Chignecto Consulting Group, Deloitte & Touche and SGCI. Under the direction of former Councillor Don Ward, we have spent the last year with our partners developing this financial tool. I want to express my thanks and that of my Council to all those who made this project a success.

While this product won't generate any more funding for you, it is my hope that it will help you and your staff make more effective use of the resources you do have. I would be pleased to receive any comments or suggestions for improvements with respect to the Fiscal Planning Calendar. Please feel free to write to me at:

59 Mountain Road,
PO Box 293,
Red Bank, New Brunswick
E9E 2P2

Chief Michael Augustine
Metepenagiag First Nation


Chignecto Consulting Group

Chignecto Consulting Group specializes in management consulting and development with First Nations communities and organizations. Chignecto undertakes projects with native and non-native clients in a manner that meets the client's objective while facilitating development of long-term effective and equitable relationships with the appropriate partners.

Chignecto Consulting Group has been involved in the development of many projects geared to increasing capacity in various fields at the First Nation level. The First Nation Fiscal Planning Calendar, developed in partnership with Metepenagiag First Nation, is geared to developing sound fiscal management processes. In addition, Chignecto has provided ongoing assessment and advice to a number of First Nation communities and organizations in the areas of governance, financial management, strategic planning, program development, and negotiations.

The principals bring a wide range of experience in aboriginal economic development, policy development, governmental programming, business and issue negotiations, environmental matters, financing, local land use planning and development, and self-government. The staff have particular insight into the opportunities created by unique First Nation issues such as public programs, financing, community roles, investor needs, and the effective marketing of products, programs, and services.

Situated in New Brunswick, Chignecto Consulting Group works with First Nation Bands and organizations throughout Atlantic Canada and Ontario and has developed strategic alliances with professional associates across Canada.

If you are interested in learning more about Chignecto, our services, or the Fiscal Planning Calendar itself, please feel free to contact us using the information below.

E-mail: chignect@nbnet.nb.ca
Phone: (506) 536-2378 Fax: (506) 364-0194
Address: 14 Weldon Street, Sackville, New Brunswick E4L 4N2


SGCI Communications Inc.

SGCI Communications was brought in as a partner to bring the Fiscal Planning Web site, Wall Calendar, and Reference Binder to life.

SGCI is located in Sackville, New Brunswick. Since our beginning in 1994, we have grown to become a successful, mid-sized marketing communications agency of 50+. We work for a broad range of clients, from regional companies with modest goals to widely recognized national and international players. Some of our clients that you may be familiar with include SABIAN Ltd., Aliant, and Pizza Delight.

We are in the business of strategic marketing and communications. With Metepenagiag First Nation and Chignecto Consulting Group recognizing the need for the materials and providing leadership throughout the project, Deloitte & Touche providing financial counsel, and Indian and Northern Affairs providing support and guidance every step of the way, our role was clear: create materials that First Nations' financial practitioners will use.

We hope we have achieved our goal of usability with these tools and invite you to contact us directly with any and all feedback which you may have.

Doug Simpson
Partner, SGCI Communications
doug@sgcicom.com


Deloitte & Touche

Aboriginal Client Services

Deloitte & Touche intimately understands the unique needs of First Nations. And we have the track record to prove it. Deloitte & Touche's people have worked closely with First Nations - delivering innovative solutions and effective performance improvements. Today our Aboriginal Client Services Group have numerous specialist services to address your specific needs.

Our professionals have an unmatched ability to share knowledge and expertise. That's because of our approach - a highly respectful, flexible and cooperative working style that delivers results that you can count on.

Who are we?
The Aboriginal Client Service Group consists of approximately 35 professionals based in the Deloitte & Touche offices across Canada. These professionals have technical backgrounds in aboriginal taxation, audit, Band computer systems, business valuation, business plans, financial analysis, joint venture negotiations, etc., who together, can assist our aboriginal clients with all of their financial, audit, tax, and business advisory needs.

What do we do?

A listing of the services we offer is as follows:

  • Treaty negotiation support services;
  • Restructuring advisory services;
  • Business Plans and feasibility studies;
  • Aboriginal tax and business structuring and consulting services;
  • Implementation and Training for band computer systems;
  • Audits;
  • Forensic accounting and fraud investigation services;
  • Business valuation services;
  • Co-management services;
  • Assistance in negotiating funding agreements; and
  • Other financial consulting and business advisory services.

Deloitte & Touche

Why choose us?
Our aboriginal client service practitioners have developed specialized skills and experience. They are highly qualified in their functional areas of expertise and have participated in extensive cross-cultural training courses to better understand the unique needs and issues faced by aboriginal people and First Nations. We have aboriginal client service practitioners located in our offices throughout Canada to ensure their accessibility to our aboriginal clients.