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MACA's School of Community Government offers short courses on topics in Management, Public Safety and Governance. These are self-directed and available for you to start any time. The design of our eLearning modules is as flexible as you need it to be - you can set your own pace with these interactive and engaging learning opportunities.

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First Nation Governance - Legal Responsibilities and Avoiding Conflict

This module outlines the laws, regulations, and agreements that define council’s legal responsibilities. The module also discusses conflict of interest: what it is, and why and how to avoid it. It looks at the Indian Act and other Federal Laws, contribution agreements, NWT legislation, fiduciary duty and bias, Council Procedures, Codes of Conduct, and communications with members.

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Municipal Governance - Legal Responsibilities and Codes and Conflict

This module presents three main topics: first, a discussion of the Conflict of Interest Act and the obligations it imposes on municipal Councillors. The second part considers other areas of ethical concern for Councillors and discusses how a Code of Ethics or Code of Conduct can assist Councillors in avoiding possible ethical problems. Finally, a general description of legal liability issues so that Councillors can exercise a “duty of care”, manage risks and avoid conflict of interest in a reasonable way when

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Basic Emergency Management

By the end of the course you will be introduced to: What constitutes an emergency; The components and principles of emergency management; Emergency management framework in the NWT; The roles and responsibilities of individuals and the three levels of government; and Territorial and Federal legislation applicable to emergency management.

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Municipal Governance - Planning, Directions for Success

This module provides a description of planning, an explanation of why community governments complete community strategic plans, an explanation of what is included in a strategic plan so it is achievable and a brief overview on other commonly required community plans. The knowledge and skills gained from completing this module will assist local governments with all types of planning.

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First Nation Governance - Planning - The Successful Way Forward

This module outlines what a plan is and the parts of a plan. It introduces the planning process and what happens at each stage in the process. It looks at defining parts of a plan, the benefits of planning, the planning process, who is responsible for what, and specific plans.

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Municipal Governance - Roles and Responsibilities

This workshop and guide is intended to provide a description of the role of elected leaders. Elected leaders have a very important role to play in the community. Serving on Council means so much more than attending a monthly meeting. This module discusses the important relationship Councillors have amongst yourselves, with local government staff, other governments/organizations and the people you serve and will ensure you have a solid knowledge of what you need to do to be a successful leader and member of t

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Municipal Governance - Financial Awareness

The goals of this module include describing Council’s roles in: the budget process, the preparation of financial statements, and Council’s relationship with the Auditor. Council is responsible for: Developing and evaluating the plans, policies, and programs of the community government, making the bylaws and resolutions of the community government, and ensuring that the powers, duties and functions of the community government are appropriately carried out.

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First Nation Governance - Financial Responsibilities and Reporting for First Nations Councils

This module outlines the main tools that council uses to manage finances and to account for spending. It discusses the role of council in the First Nation financial management system. It looks at your fiduciary responsibility, preparing a budget, funding sources, expenses, monitoring finances, and audits and reports.

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First Nation Governance - Governance and Council Operations

The module gives some details about council elections, policies and procedures, and best practices. It looks at the differences between First Nations Government types, elections, council procedures, and best governance practices.

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Bylaw Enforcement

The job of a Bylaw Enforcement Officer is both challenging and rewarding. It takes hard work, dedication and commitment to stay on top of the many demands of the position, but it is the valuable role Bylaw Enforcement Officers play in keeping their communities peaceful, orderly and safe that makes it all worthwhile. This course will not only help you to better understand what is expected of you as a Bylaw Officer, it will also provide you with the basic information you will need to be successful at facing

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