The Estx̱wáy̓usem department maintains the financial and technological integrity of the Nation’s government and businesses. Its role is to assist Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) to strengthen the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of its operations. The department oversees the Nation’s budgets, internal and external financial reporting, and insurance.
The team also provides support and advice to operating departments within the Nation to assist them in accomplishing their financial objectives, and provides support to individual Nation Members with taxation, insurance, and technology.
Address: 320 Seymour Blvd, North Vancouver, BC V7J 2J3
Mailing Address: PO Box 86131, North Vancouver, BC V7L 4J5
“Estx̱wáy̓usem” means to look carefully and/or examine, and reflects the role Finance plays to carefully look after the Nation, its finances, and its wealth.
To ensure that Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw Members get all of the payments to which they are entitled, the Nation’s Finance staff prepares tax returns for Elders and Members on Income Assistance.
It is a requirement of the Government of Canada that all income-earners file an annual tax return. Failure to file a return will result in the stoppage of certain payments, like HST Credit payments, Child Tax Credit payments and Old Age income supplement payments.
One of the responsibilities of the Estx̱wáy̓usem department is to manage the Nation’s insurance portfolio, including insurance for Member housing on-reserve and Nation-owned buildings. Finance staff assist Nation Members with their insurance claims to make certain that valid claims are processed as efficiently as possible.
Here are some examples of incidents that may result in a property damage claim:
What to do in the event of property damage?
What to do after the initial property damage incident is under control?
Once this information has been submitted to Nation administration, it will be reviewed and further information may be requested to complete your claim. Members are asked to submit their paperwork promptly and work collaboratively with the Nation to minimize losses and costs to the community.
No expenses are covered until the Nation and their insurers provide agreement. Any payments are subject to standard deductibles and policy limits.
One of the most important departmental functions is the payment function. Every month we produce more than 4,000 payments for Members, vendors, and employees.
We provide Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw (Council) with a financial planning function through the annual budgeting process. Throughout the year, we meet regularly with Nexwsxwníw̓ ntm ta Úxwumixw and department directors to review and identify areas for financial improvement.
The department provides regular financial reporting to Nexwsxwníw̓ntm ta Úxwumixw and the Band Manager, departments and to outside funding agencies and governments. Regular reporting includes:
Estx̱wáy̓usem makes sure that all revenues owed to the Nation are invoiced, collected, and recorded, including:
The department provides support to all staff through the entire procurement and supply management cycle — from buying and paying for goods, services and construction to vendor performance management, contract management, and asset disposal.
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Information Technology (IT) is the centralized resource for providing computers, internet, and telecom functions, and actively supports the network infrastructure, hardware, peripherals, software for the Nation’s more than 300 employees.