NCFNG Ontario Region Assists Nishnawbe Aski Nation with Ongoing Board Training
Thunder Bay, Ontario—On August 3rd and 4th, 2011, the Nishinawbe Aski Harvesters Authority (NAHA) commenced a journey to obtain board of director training.
In order to enhance the efficiency of their board, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the Nishnawbe Aski Harvesting Authority (NAHA) invited the National Centre for First Nations Governance to partner on an ongoing board governance training project. Some of the areas that the Centre will assist NAN with include board orientation, structure, power and authority, roles and responsibilities, strategic planning, policy development, budgeting, finance and conflict resolution.
The NAHA has the important task of enhancing the citizens of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation’s access to traditional resources and activities including hunting, fishing, trapping and the harvesting of traditional foods and plants. Additionally, NAHA has the important task of ensuring sustainability and effective administration of resources through the exercise of self-government. It is because of the importance of these tasks that they identified the need to undertake this important board training.
The NAN entered into an agreement with Ontario and Canada to allow NAN to take on the responsibility of the fur management program in NAN territory. The Nishnawbe Aski Harvesters Authority (NAHA) was identified to carry on the new administrative responsibilities on behalf of NAN.
The training was presented in a well-received format where an Oji-Cree interpreter was able to translate all workshop materials and ideas in a meaningful way. Participants expressed that they left the workshop with more clarity about their roles as board members.
NCFNG is invited back to complete the training in October, 2011 and looks forward to continuing in this important journey with NAN and NAHA.