A new budgeting process approved in November 2019 is a step forward in increasing transparency, trust, and understanding of budgeting choices and community benefits for the Squamish Nation.
How has budgeting changed?
Gone are the days of ‘turn-key’ or ‘roll-forward’ budgets. In November 2019, Council approved a new Budget and Planning Policy. (Members can download the Policy here. Please note that you must be logged in to access the download.)
The new model establishes a robust set of processes, responsibilities, and budgeting requirements that demand detailed analysis, planning, and justification for all spending.
Who is responsible for the budgets?
Directors and Council are held accountable for budget development and ongoing monitoring with oversight from the Managing Directors, the Finance and Audit Committee and Council. All Directors and some managers attended a full-day budgeting course organized by the Director of Finance and hosted by MNP (a national accounting firm). On an annual basis, they are required to attend refresher training sessions.
What role do members play in the new budgeting process?
Community engagement is key to the effectiveness of the new process. We want to hear from all members, both on and off-reserve, with special attention given to Elders, youth, and advisory committees. In order to increase understanding of the new process, the first step will be to provide information on the new process to better understand how budget allocations are made. Second, we will provide the draft budget, and will invite member input through a series of different engagement opportunities.
What will happen with the input received from members?
Input and feedback from members will help improve the Nation’s understanding of the community’s needs, values, and priorities.
The time for education and input seems short. Will it be like this every year?
In this first year of the new process we are conducting an abbreviated engagement process focused on increasing awareness and insight. We hope to gain valuable insight from membership around spending priorities. It will also be a chance for members to tell us how they prefer to be engaged in the annual budgeting process in the future.
All on and off-reserve members of the Squamish Nation are invited to participate in shaping the direction of the budget. Youth and Elders will also be invited to participate in individual workshops.
Open Houses are an opportunity for you to have a face-to-face conversation with staff and Council about the budget planning process.
Squamish Valley Open House
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Capilano Open House
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Chief Joe Mathias Centre
An information presentation for Elders (55+) and Youth (16-30), followed by a free movie screening, will be hosted at the Cineplex Park Royal on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
Transportation from the Squamish Valley will be provided.
Elders and Youth can register to attend here: https://forms.gle/a8pdQEJ77ERNDf2n6
Members were invited to provide input through our online survey available from February 14 – 29 (inclusive). The survey is now closed.