Our Mandate

Section 49 and 55 of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA) establishes the following legislative mandate for the FMB:

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  • Support First Nations to manage their finances well.
  • Support First Nations in applying for loans on similar terms as other governments in Canada.
  • Review and audit First Nations’ finance practices.
  • Support First Nations to get certified in financial management and performance.
  • Evaluate the finance health of First Nations when invited.
  • Support First Nations when working with other governments in areas of governance and finance practices, including accountability and shared fiscal responsibility.
  • Support First Nations to strengthen their own communities through better relationships with financial institutions, business partners, and other governments.
  • Provide advice, policy research, and review services relating to fiscal arrangements between First Nations and other governments.
  • Set standards for:
    • the form and content and approval of Financial Administration Laws (FALs)
    • Financial Management System Certification
    • Financial Performance Certification
    • Financial reporting for the local revenues account
  • Provide co-management and third party management services in relation to borrowing from the First Nations Finance Authority or collecting local revenues through the First Nations Tax Commission.