|1 - For federal government funding to be justified as serving the
Aboriginal Peoples of Canada, NAAF must continue to make progress
on distributing services equitably within the entire Aboriginal population.
Improving accessibility for hard-to-reach groups, namely the North
and French-speaking subpopulations, must lead to improving actual
||INAC will work with other government departments and NAAF to
develop more targeted measures, such as outreach campaigns, specialized
advertising, and stay-in-school and high-school equivalency initiatives
for Inuit youth, who have lower high-school graduation rates and
to provide enhanced services in French for French-speaking youth.
As of 31/03/2010:
NAAF outlined initiatives for outreach to French-speaking, Northern
and Inuit groups in September 2009. Feedback and contact suggestions
were provided in meetings with several parts of INAC as well as
other departments in meetings in Fall 2009.
NAAF has submitted a proposal to improve Aboriginal high school
completions ("Realizing Projects") which is being considered
by INAC's Education Branch.
Tracking procedures to be used by NAAF were discussed with them
in Fall 2009 and in a multi-departmental meeting January 14, 20010.
Reporting on tracking procedures will be requested for NAAF's
annual report for next fiscal year.
AES: AES will continue to follow progress on
|INAC will work with other government departments and NAAF to develop
annual targets for take-up of NAAF programs as well as tracking procedures. INAC
will request that NAAF report annually on targets.
|2 - NAAF should explore the possibility and potential of partnering
with relevant like-minded organizations. These partnerships should
be based on the common goal of improving NAAF service to currently
||INAC will work in collaboration with other government departments,
INAC Sectors and Regions, and NAAF to develop a strategy for establishing and
maintaining working relationships with organizations such as, but
not limited to, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and other regional
Inuit organizations as well as L'Assemblée des Premières nations du Québec et Labrador (APNQL) in order to improve ongoing "on the ground" outreach to currently underserved
groups, including targets and performance measures. INAC will include
a requirement in the contribution agreement for NAAF to report on
implementation in its annual report.
As of 31/03/2010:
NAAF's strategy for establishing and maintaining working
relationships with ITK and others serving underserviced groups
discussed with several sectors, departments' with NAAF in
meetings in Fall 2009 and January 2010.
INAC will include a requirement in the contribution agreement,
starting 2010/2011, for NAAF to report on this in its annual report.
|3 - The federal government should create a single set
of reporting requirements for NAAF funding. This will allow the federal
government to stipulate a comprehensive set of performance data for
review and analysis. Accordingly, it will eliminate the multiple,
often competing, reporting demands placed on NAAF and improve the
efficiency of the resources NAAF devotes to this task.
||This recommendation requires that a number of government departments
coordinate and streamline their reporting and evaluation requirements,
while satisfying needs with regard to accountability, value for
money and measuring impacts.
In addition, the Department's Policy on Transfer Payments
sets out principles relating to risk-based reporting systems and
continuous improvement as well as intra- and inter-departmental
As of 31/03/2010:
Interdepartmental meetings (December 2009) and with NAAF (January
2010) led to the establishment of an interdepartmental working group
to develop performance measures. INAC's new Performance Measurement
Strategy Guidance is being used as the basis for the preparation
of a draft Horizontal / Integrated Performance Measurement Strategy
for NAAF, particularly with Health Canada and Canadian Heritage. This
work is being facilitated through the Education Branch where the
lead has been transferred from International Relations.
Clarification of program renewal at Health Canada and Canadian
Heritage for continued program funds for NAAAF facilities on-going
multi-departmental work on performance measures. Reduction of the
reporting burden is being considered as part of this work.
AES: Performance Measurement Strategy is being developed.
|INAC will establish an interdepartmental working group to identify
and assess current reporting demands, and to propose options which
will reduce the reporting burden while not diluting reporting standards.
New reporting requirements for NAAF will be approved by respective
departments by January 30, 2010.
||01/11/2009 and ongoing
|4 - NAAF should increase the promotion of the Education Program
to participants in Taking Pulse and Blueprint For the Future. This
will support the degree to which intermediate and final outcomes
are achieved for both the Taking Pulse and Blueprint For the Future
activity areas. Moreover, in order to improve monitoring and measurement
of program success, NAAF should track participant flow from one activity
area to another
||INAC will work with other government departments and NAAF through
regular multi-party meetings to support NAAF in developing
more effective monitoring systems that can better track participant
activity prior to and following participation in Taking Pulse
or Blueprint For the Future activities by, for example, establishing
participant profiles which can be entered into a database and tracking interactive
As of 31/03/2010:
Promotion and tracking between programs has been heightened by
NAAF and can be seen at the Blueprint For the Future in Fall 2009
and Winter 2010 as well as other data collection undertakings by
AES: AES will continue to follow progress on this