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
- borrowing money
- financial reports
- the selection of the Finance and Audit Committee members, chairperson and vice-chairperson
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