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Fnepi 07 (June)


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Fnepi 07 (June)

  1. 1. First Nations Economic Partnerships Initiative (FNEPI) Aboriginal Relations
  2. 2. <ul><li>Overview </li></ul><ul><li>Aboriginal Policy Framework </li></ul><ul><li>First Nations Economic Partnerships Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Economic Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Partnership Development </li></ul>Aboriginal Relations
  3. 3. <ul><li>Alberta’s Aboriginal Policy Framework (2000) </li></ul><ul><li>Approved by Cabinet in September 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Two goals: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance the well being and self reliance of Aboriginal people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarification of Provincial, Federal and Aboriginal roles and responsibilities </li></ul></ul>Aboriginal Relations
  4. 4. <ul><li>FNEPI </li></ul><ul><li>On-going program </li></ul><ul><li>2 ministry partners: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Aboriginal Relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employment and Immigration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>7 programs in total </li></ul>Aboriginal Relations
  5. 5. <ul><li>Aboriginal Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Three Programs: </li></ul><ul><li>2007-2008 – 4.1 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Economic Initiatives (SEI) </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Partnership Development (RPD) 2.1 Million </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Capacity Building (ECB) </li></ul><ul><li>0.5 Million </li></ul>Aboriginal Relations
  6. 6. Strategic Economic Initiative (SEI) Program A grant program that provides funding to First Nations, Tribal Councils, First Nation companies and organizations, or non-First Nation organizations for projects that demonstrate both significant strategic value and sustainable economic partnerships with other stakeholders such as government or industry. Aboriginal Relations
  7. 7. Economic Capacity Building (ECB) Program This program aims to increase the ability of First Nations to implement economic development initiatives through the development of learning networks, sharing of best practices and the development and use of training tools. Aboriginal Relations
  8. 8. Example of a project funded under the ECB program Alexander First Nation – Tourism Destination Analysis. Aboriginal Relations
  9. 9. Regional Partnership Development Program (RPD) A funding program for Tribal Councils and unaffiliated First Nations to hire Regional Economic Partnership Coordinators (REPCs), to identify and facilitate partnerships between First Nations and Industry. Aboriginal Relations
  10. 10. <ul><li>Responsibilities of REPCs </li></ul><ul><li>Support development of partnerships between the First Nation(s) and Industry </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing and applying for funding and services from Federal and Provincial programs </li></ul><ul><li>Provide business owners with support in start-up business procedures, funding and training </li></ul><ul><li>Provide best practices, training, coaching and mentoring by targeting economic development needs specific to each community </li></ul>Aboriginal Relations
  11. 11. External Review on FNEPI <ul><li>Methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Summary of Stakeholder Feedback </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FNEPI Strengths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FNEPI Weaknesses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>8 Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Progress </li></ul>
  12. 12. First Nation Stakeholders Chiefs, Band Mangers, Ec Dev portfolio holders on Council, REPCs, Economic Development Officers (EDOs), and Officials from the three Treaty Areas Industry Stakeholders 1 Focus Group held 1 Focus Group held FNEPI Staff REPC’s 6 Focus Groups held 1 Focus Group held Evaluative Documents conducted by a consultant with a Review Committee chaired by Darryll White 5 Key benefits of FNEPI, 6 consistent themes relating to strengths and 8 themes relating to weaknesses Questionnaire on Industry Matrix Questionnaire and open-ended Questions 5 Recommendations (May impact other parties) 7 Issues directly related to FNEPI 3 Issues indirectly related to FNEPI 3 Recommendations (May impact other parties) Qualitative Data Collection Meta Data Analysis SWOT Analysis of FNEPI for each Stakeholder group METHODOLOGY
  13. 13. Summary of Stakeholder Feedback <ul><li>FNEPI Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Provincial Involvement in First nations Economic Development; </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Resources and flexibility in making the </li></ul><ul><li>program work; </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as follow through on the Aboriginal Policy Framework; </li></ul><ul><li>Responding to real needs; </li></ul><ul><li>Program Design and Intent. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Summary of Stakeholder Feedback <ul><li>FNEPI Weaknesses </li></ul><ul><li>Program design and funding; </li></ul><ul><li>Program processes are not clear and follow up is needed; </li></ul><ul><li>Government programs are difficult to understand in </li></ul><ul><li>relation to one another; </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation and accountability issues; </li></ul><ul><li>Communication issues; </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the REPC Network; </li></ul>
  15. 15. Recommendation 7 Background
  16. 16. Progress To Date Create an advisory committee Develop Measures Increased visits to communities Increased consistency internally in working files. Clarification and streamlining of reporting requirements Discontinuation of funding holdbacks Replacement of reporting templates Development of financial reporting templates. For RPD, we now have a set list of eligible expenses Development of standard contribution templates for use with all funding of more than $10,000 Aboriginal Relations
  17. 17. Thank you Questions? Aboriginal Relations