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Accountability Framework

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Category:
Governance
Audience:
Board of Governors
Issued:
April 27, 2014
Last Revised:
August 15, 2021
Owner:
President
Approved By:
Board of Governors
Contact:
Secretary to the Board (ext. 2101)

Introduction

An Accountability Framework ensures that an organization is meeting the purpose for which it was created, reporting in a timely and efficient manner to its stakeholders regarding the initiatives and results that it undertakes in meeting its purpose.

The First Nations University of Canada Act states that First Nations University of Canada was created to “serve the academic, cultural and spiritual needs of First Nations and society in general”. To this end, First Nations University of Canada has developed a strategic plan, approved by the Board of Governors, to meet this broad purpose as to why it was created. This policy defines the Accountability Framework that FNUniv’s Board of Governors and senior management team will follow in reporting its progress in meeting its purpose.

Scope

This policy applies to all FNUniv students, staff, faculty, Elders and visitors working, studying, or participating in activities on University Property, or while acting as representatives of FNUniv while off University Property.

Definitions

Accountability Framework – a statement defining the university’s commitments, that is, it’s aims, standards and procedures, and how it ensures it is accountable for them.

PSPP – The Post-Secondary Partnerships Program (PSPP) is managed by the Department of Indigenous Services Canada.

Performance Measurement Framework – the process whereby an organization establishes the parameters within which programs, investments, and acquisitions are reaching the desired results. This process of measuring performance often requires the use of statistical evidence to determine progress toward specific defined organizational objective.

Stakeholder – A person, group, or organization that has interest or concern in an organization.

Strategic Plan – A systematic process of envisioning a desired future, and translating this vision into broadly defined goals or objectives and a sequence of steps to achieve them

University members – All Board members, employees, and students of the University, whether full-time, reduced, or part-time, and any other person acting on behalf of or at the request of the University

Policy Statements

The policy states the following:

The Board of Governors has identified its primary stakeholders as defined in the following table and through this Accountability Framework holds senior management accountable for ensuring that reporting is done annually to these audiences assuring FNUniv‘s stakeholders that First Nations University of Canada is accountable in achieving its overall purpose, mission and vision.

StakeholderAnnual reporting
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian NationsPursuant to the Act – the Board of Governors will report at every All Chiefs Assembly and submit reports to the Saskatchewan Indian Education and Training Commission (SIETC).Strategic PlanAudited Financial Statements – normally provided in August. Pursuant to the Act – the Board of Governors will provide a status report at all duly convened meetings of the Saskatchewan Indian Education and Training Commission
Ministry of Advanced Education and the Provincial GovernmentAudited Financial Statements – draft provided in July. The Board approved version is provided after the August board meeting. Quarterly meetings and reporting for the Sector Management and Relations Branch. All other reporting as outlined in the annual budget letter received from the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Department of Indigenous Services Canada and the Federal GovernmentPSPP ApplicationAll reporting as outlined in the annual Funding Agreement with ISC.Audited Financial Statements – normally provided in August after Board approval  
StudentsInteractive websitePresident visits every site and meets with students at least once per quarterStrategic planAnnual Report – which includes the annual Performance Measurement Framework reporting progress on the Strategic Plan and the annual Risk Register and key risk mitigation strategiesStudent observer on the Board of Governors
Faculty and StaffInteractive websitePresident visits every site and meets with faculty and staff at least once per quarterStrategic planAnnual Report – which includes the annual Performance Measurement Framework reporting progress on the Strategic Plan and the annual Risk Register and key risk mitigation strategiesFaculty observer on the Board of Governors
First Nations Communities in SaskatchewanRecruitment strategyStrategic PlanAnnual Report
University of ReginaMeet with the PresidentMeetings as required with Academic Units per the Federated Agreement.
AlumniStrategic PlanAnnual Report

Consequences for Noncompliance

Failure to report to the primary stakeholders of FNUniv could impact the community’s confidence in the institution. This Accountability Framework ensures that the Board of Governors and senior management report to its stakeholder aligning the work that it does to the achievement of FNUniv’s strategic plan and its overall purpose.

Related Information

Identify related documents/information (acts, regulations, policies, strategies, procedures, forms, etc.

  • First Nations University of Canada Act
  • First Nations University of Canada Strategic Plan
  • First Nations University of Canada Performance Measurement Framework

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