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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of March 31, 2011

Treaties and Aboriginal Government

Evaluation of Treaty Related Measures in British Columbia (0803)
AEC Approval Date: 15/09/2009

Project Recommendations Action Plan Expected Completion Date Program Response
1. Design a renewed TRMs Initiative that is strategic, cost-effective, and meets the needs of BC First Nations involved in treaty negotiations.

This should include eliminating the cost-sharing arrangements with the Government of BC for Tier 1 TRMs, streamlining administrative processes, and leveraging, where possible, existing federal, provincial and industry mechanisms to support TRMs objectives.

TRMs should remain tied directly to the BC treaty process and support the broader treaty revitalization process.

Seek approval of adjustments to the TRMs Initiative including new TRM types that better meet the needs of negotiation tables in the BC treaty process; removal of the 50:50, project-by-project cost-sharing requirement with BC for Tier 1 TRMs, allowing Canada to partner more strategically with other provincial and federal initiatives; and, develop a more efficient and streamlined TRMs administrative process that is consistent with the Treasury Board Policy on Transfer Payments. 31/04/2010 Status: Complete

Update/Rationale:
As of 30/09/2010:

Revisions to TRMs initiative approved in February 2010 and funding approved in June 2010.

AES: Close - Fully Implemented

2. Engage the BCTC, the First Nations Summit, the Government of BC, and other relevant federal government departments on the design and implementation of a renewed TRMs Initiative. This should begin by revisiting Recommendation 16 of the 1991 BC Claims Task Force Report. Continue engaging the Government of BC, the First Nations Summit, and other relevant federal departments in the design of a renewed TRMs Initiative.

Engage in discussions with BCTC and First Nations Summit regarding: key findings of the TRMs Impact Evaluation, planned revisions to the TRMs Initiative, and issues related to the federal response to Recommendation 16 of the 1991 BC Claims Task Force Report.

31/01/2010 Status: Complete

Update/Rationale:
As of 30/09/2010:

Discussions were held with the BC First Nations Summit, and tripartite working group, including BCTC. TRMs initiative consistently discussed at the tripartite Treaty Revitalization meetings which are chaired by the BCTC.

Commitment made to report out annually to the BC First Nations Summit and others on the effectiveness of the revised TRMs initiative.

AES: Close - Fully Implemented

3. Implement a renewed TRMs Initiative in which First Nations negotiators have a greater degree of involvement in the selection and design of the TRMs activity. This should include improved communications about the full suite of TRMs tools available. Implement a renewed TRMs Initiative with the following planned attributes: 01/05/2010 Status: Request to close

Update/Rationale:
As of 31/03/2011:

Action item 1

New Project Proposal forms and Guidelines have been developed and implemented, and First Nation negotiators use these to apply for funds.

Action item 2

Project Proposal forms and Guidelines to the TRM process are available to First Nation negotiators from Canada's negotiators.

General information regarding TRM funding and application process is available to First Nations in the publication Program Guide 2011/2012 BC Region, and in the publication Proposal and Application Driven Programs Handbook, 2011/2012, BC Region. These are sent to First Nations April 1, and are also available on the DIAND website on the BC Extranet.

AES: Close - Fully Implemented

1. First Nations Negotiators will be involved in developing the TRM project at the recommendation stage of Tier 1 TRMs to ensure the TRM addresses the need identified by the negotiating table and is implementable by the First Nations.

Note: Tier 2 TRMs will remain as currently designed, due to the requirement to have BC / Canada cost-sharing agreed to prior to the negotiation of the Tier 2 TRMs with a First Nation.

2. Create a more open and transparent TRMs communication process for all parties in negotiations. For example, provide general TRMs information on the BCTC website, with a link to an INAC-administered webpage with TRMs-related information (such as program guidelines and criteria, tips, reporting requirement information).

02/06/2010
4. Promote a climate of information sharing and collaboration for TRMs in order to support the sharing of best practices and reduce duplication of effort. 1. Continue to encourage a more open and transparent TRMs communication process for all the parties in negotiations. TRMs information posted on the INAC website is also a viable option in this scenario. 30/06/2010 Status: Request to Close

Update/Rationale:
As of 31/03/2011:

Action item 1

General information regarding TRM funding and application process is available to First Nations in the publication Program Guide 2011/2012 BC Region, and in the publication Proposal and Application Driven Programs Handbook, 2011/2012, BC Region. These are sent to First Nations April 1, and are also available on the DIAND website on the BC Extranet.

Action item 2

Canada regularly presents updates to local meetings. Will continue to explore forums in the future, subject to available funding.

AES: Close - Fully Implemented

2. Subject to funding availability, Canada will explore forums in which First Nations, Canada and BC may participate in a roundtable/focus group. 30/04/ 2011

* every two years thereafter

5. Design and implement a PM Strategy for the renewed TRMs Initiative that includes the collection of qualitative and quantitative data on results achievements. Data to support the PM Strategy should include feedback from First Nations though an annual TRMs survey similar to the federal negotiator survey currently undertaken. 1. Design and implement a PM Strategy, including performance indicators and logic model, to support renewal of the TRMs Initiative. 01/04/2010 Status: Request to Close

Update/Rationale:
As of 31/03/2011:

Action item 1

Performance Measurement Strategy: Treaty Related Measures Initiative in British Columbia, was approved at the Evaluation and Performance Measurement Review Committee on June 29, 2010 and is currently being implemented by TAG-NW.

Action item 2

First Nation and federal negotiators have been asked to complete questionnaires based on the performance measurement strategy. These results will be used to complete the annual TRM performance assessment due September 30, 2011.

AES: Close - Fully Implemented

2. Both federal negotiators and First Nation negotiators will be asked to complete a regular periodic TRM assessment questionnaire and results will be used in annual TRMs Performance Assessment Reports. 01/04/2011
 
 
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