Response to the Auditor General (including to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development)
The Office of the Auditor General assessed whether seven departments were on track to meet their planned dates to complete this internal control work, including whether they had identified and addressed gaps and weaknesses and whether they had implemented a program of on-going monitoring. The steps taken by the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, including the Office of the Comptroller General, to review the departments' implementation of the requirements of the Policy on Internal Control, including monitoring established timelines for completing risk-based assessments were also examined.
The Office of the Auditor General examined whether the departments adequately managed their support to emergency management activities on First Nations reserves. The focus was on roles and responsibilities of the key parties involved in providing emergency management support, the design and delivery of the support, and monitoring and reporting on results.
The Office of the Auditor General examined whether Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, with support from Library and Archives Canada, had taken adequate steps to provide the Commission with all relevant documents about the residential school system and legacy. They also examined whether the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has taken adequate steps to receive and protect those documents for the historical record and to establish a national research centre.
Responsibility for the integrity and objectivity of the accompanying financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2013, and all information contained in these statements rests with the management of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC). These financial statements have been prepared by management using the Government's accounting policies, which are based on Canadian public sector accounting standards.