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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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First Nation Governance - A Comparison of NWT First Nation and Municipal Governments

This module looks at how First Nation and Municipal Governments are different and how they are the same. It will consider citizen rights, legislation and authority, focus of programs and services, economic development, economic development, public health, elections, council structure, public safety, recreation, culture, language, education and wellness, and funding sources.

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Municipal Governance - Programs and Services

As a Councillor, you are responsible for making decisions about the programs and services your government will provide. You will decide which services will be provided and to what level. These services include such operational areas of water, sewer, roads, fire protection, waste removal, by-law protection and snow removal. You will also make decisions about more broad services including community planning, land use, recreation and emergency preparedness.

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First Nation Governance - Working Together: For Elected Leaders of First Nations Councils

This module has information about the responsibilities of councillors and the chief. It discusses the importance of working together and with First Nation members. It gives an overview of some tools that council uses to fulfil their responsibilities. It looks at Council Authority, Working as a Team, Responsibilities of Councillors, Chief’s responsibilities, useful tools for Councillors, Council’s relationship to other groups, their relationships to staff, and traits of a successful Council.

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Webinar - Budgeting and Variance Reporting 2020

Beverly Pilgrim, of MACA, reviews the process of budgeting and variance reporting for staff of NWT Municipal Community Governments.

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Governance With Your Council

This course is a core course of the School of Community Government’s Community Management Training Program. It’s designed to address the roles of Senior Administrative Officers, Band Managers and Housing Authority Managers. This course is organized into three sections, Senior Administrator Skills, Senior Administrator Knowledge, Senior Administrator Vision. It covers duties and responsibilities, the dynamics of teamwork, roles and responsibilities of heads of council, the role of the chair in exercising aut

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Integrating Climate Change Measures into Municipal Planning and Decision Making

Welcome to the Integrating Climate Change Measures in Municipal Planning Course. This online course has been modified from the original MACA School of Community Governance course to make it accessible to more NWT residents and decision makers. As you work your way through the ten chapters of this course you will learn about climate change in an interactive and hopefully engaging way. You will be guided through the course material by logos and prompts and asked to answer questions and do activities that g

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Energy Management in Community Facilities

This course is intended for Community Governments which are planning on taking action to reduce heating fuel use, taking action to reduce electricity use, or taking action on Climate Change by reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. It covers analyzing heating and electricity bills, getting to know your buildings, the building envelope, HVAC, water and recreational systems, lighting systems, monitoring the results of your changes, where to go for help, and energy management planning.

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Video Lecture Series - Legal Responsibilities, Codes, and Conflicts

Legal Council, Ed Gullberg, discusses best practices for Municipal elected officials around legal responsibilities, codes of conduct and of ethics, and conflicts of interest.

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Video Lecture Series - Running an Effective Council Orientation

Municipal governance expert, George Cuff, lays out 10 best practices when giving an orientation to a newly-elected Municipal Council.

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