Delegation of Responsibilities

An organization runs more smoothly if it is clear who has the authority to do what and when. To do this, Council must create a policy for the delegation of responsibilities for people involved with the First Nation including an officer, employee, committee, contractor, or agent.

Council is still responsible for the First Nation’s administration even if some responsibilities are delegated to others.

Under the FAL, Council cannot delegate its responsibilities for approving:

  • policies or procedures
  • budgets
  • borrowing money
  • financial reports
  • the selection of the Finance and Audit Committee members, chairperson and vice-chairpersonchairperson

A First Nation's delegation of responsibilities policy must describe procedures that the First Nation will follow for:

  • any approvals that will be needed for delegating responsibilities
  • keeping records of delegated responsibilities
  • setting the qualifications needed for a person to take on any delegated responsibilities
  • creating standards of work for those completing the delegated responsibilities
  • creating an agreement for the standards of work, to be signed by those completing the delegated responsibilities
  • monitoring the performance of a person who has been delegated to do certain responsibilities
  • the regular review of delegated responsibilities

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