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Naskapi and the Cree-Naskapi Commission Act (S.C. 1984, c. 18)

Act current to 2020-09-09 and last amended on 2019-07-15. Previous Versions

PART IIIMeetings and Referenda of the Band (continued)

Special Band Meetings and Referenda (continued)

Marginal note:Regulations respecting special band meetings and referenda

  •  (1) The Governor in Council may make regulations respecting special band meetings and referenda, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, regulations respecting any of the specific matters referred to in subsection 86(1).

  • Marginal note:Where regulations apply

    (2) The regulations made under subsection (1) apply in respect of a special band meeting or referendum only if, at the time of the calling of that special band meeting or referendum, there is not in force any applicable by-law made under subsection 86(1).

Marginal note:Where regulation or by-law not complied with

 Non-compliance with a by-law made under section 86 or a regulation made under section 87 does not affect the validity of the result of a vote unless such non-compliance materially affected that result.

PART IVFinancial Administration

Marginal note:Fiscal year of band

  •  (1) The fiscal year of the band begins on April 1 of each year and ends on March 31 of the following year, unless otherwise provided by by-law made pursuant to subsection (2).

  • Marginal note:By-law changing fiscal year

    (2) The band may, by by-law,

    • (a) adopt a fiscal year different from that provided for in subsection (1); or

    • (b) where the band has adopted a different fiscal year pursuant to paragraph (a), revert to the fiscal year provided for in subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Transition between old and new fiscal years

    (3) Where a by-law is made under subsection (2), the fiscal year provided for in the by-law cannot commence until after the end of the fiscal year in which the by-law came into force.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (4) Where a by-law is made under subsection (2), the period between the end of the fiscal year in which the by-law came into force and the commencement of the fiscal year provided for in the by-law shall be deemed to be a separate fiscal year for the purposes of this Part.

  • 1984, c. 18, s. 89
  • 2018, c. 4, s. 122(E)

Marginal note:Budget

  •  (1) The band shall, by resolution, prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, adopt a budget for that fiscal year, and may, if it deems necessary in the course of the fiscal year, adopt supplementary budgets for that fiscal year.

  • Marginal note:Explanation and distribution

    (2) Forthwith after adopting a budget or supplementary budget, the band shall

    • (a) explain the budget or supplementary budget to the members of the band at an ordinary band meeting;

    • (b) make a copy thereof available at the head office of the band, for inspection by members of the band at reasonable hours; and

    • (c) send a copy of it to the Minister.

  • Marginal note:Where delay in adopting budget

    (3) Where the band fails to adopt a budget for a fiscal year prior to the beginning of that fiscal year, the budget and any supplementary budgets of the previous fiscal year apply until a new budget is adopted.

  • Marginal note:By-laws

    (4) The band may make by-laws respecting the preparation and implementation of budgets.

  • Marginal note:Authorization to spend moneys

    (5) The band may not expend moneys or commit itself, by contract or otherwise, to expend moneys, unless

    • (a) such expenditure is authorized by or under a by-law or resolution; and

    • (b) a certificate is issued by the band treasurer stating that moneys are available for such expenditure.

  • Marginal note:Position of other party

    (6) Non-compliance by the band with subsection (5) does not affect the validity or enforceability, with respect to the other party, of the band’s commitment to expend moneys, if the other party took reasonable steps to satisfy itself that the band had complied with subsection (5).

  • Marginal note:Where inconsistency with budget

    (7) Where a by-law or resolution referred to in subsection (5) is inconsistent with the band’s budget or a supplementary budget, the by-law or resolution shall so state, but a non-compliance with this subsection does not affect the validity of the by-law or resolution.

  • 1984, c. 18, s. 90
  • 2009, c. 12, s. 10
  • 2018, c. 4, ss. 46, 122(E)

Marginal note:Books of account and financial records

  •  (1) The band shall keep books of account and financial records that

    • (a) contain, as a minimum,

      • (i) an account of all moneys received and disbursed,

      • (ii) an account of revenues and expenditures,

      • (iii) a record of accounts payable and receivable,

      • (iv) an account of assets and liabilities, and

      • (v) an account of all other transactions that may affect the financial position of the band;

    • (b) conform with generally accepted accounting principles; and

    • (c) permit a comparison between

      • (i) revenues and expenditures as shown in the books of account and financial records, and

      • (ii) the projected revenues and expenditures as shown in the budget and any supplementary budget.

  • Marginal note:Access to books and records

    (2) The Minister or a council member or elector of the band, or any person authorized in writing by the Minister or by a council member or elector, may, at any reasonable time, inspect the books of account and financial records of the band, and a person is guilty of an offence who

    • (a) obstructs that person; or

    • (b) having control or possession of those books or records, fails to give all reasonable assistance to that person.

  • (2.1) [Repealed, 2018, c. 4, s. 47]

  • 1984, c. 18, s. 91
  • 2009, c. 12, s. 11
  • 2018, c. 4, ss. 47, 122(E)

Marginal note:Band to prepare annual financial statement

 Within two months after the end of each fiscal year, the band shall prepare a financial statement in comparative form, containing, as a minimum,

  • (a) a balance sheet;

  • (b) a statement of revenues and expenditures and a comparison of these with the amounts stated in the band’s budget and any supplementary budget; and

  • (c) any other information necessary for a fair presentation of the financial position of the band.

  • 1984, c. 18, s. 92
  • 2018, c. 4, s. 122(E)

Audit

Marginal note:Appointment of auditor

  •  (1) For each fiscal year, the electors of the band shall, at a special band meeting or referendum at which at least five per cent of the electors voted on the matter,

    • (a) appoint a duly accredited auditor and fix or provide for his remuneration; or

    • (b) authorize the council to appoint a duly accredited auditor and to fix or provide for his remuneration.

  • Marginal note:Where band fails to make appointment

    (2) Where no auditor has been appointed under subsection (1) within three months after the beginning of a fiscal year, the Minister may appoint an auditor for that fiscal year and fix his remuneration.

  • Marginal note:Term of office

    (3) The auditor appointed pursuant to subsection (1) or (2) holds office until he is re-appointed, or a new auditor is appointed, under subsection (1) or (2).

  • Marginal note:Where vacancy occurs

    (4) Where a vacancy occurs during the term of the auditor, the band shall forthwith appoint a new auditor for the remainder of the term of the former auditor and shall fix the new auditor’s remuneration.

  • Marginal note:If band fails to act

    (5) If the band fails to act under subsection (4), the Minister may appoint a new auditor and fix that auditor’s remuneration.

  • Marginal note:Notice to the band

    (5.1) The Minister shall inform the band in writing of the appointment.

  • Marginal note:Band to pay remuneration

    (6) In all cases the auditor’s remuneration shall be paid by the band.

  • 1984, c. 18, s. 93
  • 2009, c. 12, s. 12
  • 2018, c. 4, ss. 48, 122(E)
 
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