The First Nations Trust (FNT) distributes mandatory allocations each fiscal year in accordance with the 2002 Framework Agreement and its subsequent amendments.
The designated funding continued for
• First Nations Addiction Rehabilitation Foundation (FNARF),
• FSIN Gaming Jurisdiction Issues, and
• FSIN New Gaming Activities.
First Nations Addiction Rehabilitation Foundation
FNARF was established in 1995 by the FSIN in accordance with the instructions of the Chiefs-in-Assembly. The mandate of FNARF is set out in Section 35 of the First Nations Gaming Act (FSIN, 1995) as well as the 2002 Framework Agreement, which provides FNARF to ensure effective and accessible education, prevention, and treatment programs about problem gambling are available to First Nation people.
In accordance with the 2002 Framework Agreement FNARF receives $2,250,000. The funds received are redistributed annually for local programming to Tribal Councils and the independent First Nations in Saskatchewan.
Administration of the FNARF is provided by the FSIN Health and Social Development Secretariat. A working group of representatives from the independent First Nations and Tribal Councils provide Technical support for the FNARF Board of Directors.
FSIN Gaming Jurisdiction Issues
As was the case in previous years, the designated allocation to FSIN Gaming Jurisdiction Issues continued. It was established pursuant to the 1995 Framework Agreement. The more recent 2002 Framework Agreement specified in Section 2.1 that the First Nations Trust would distribute the designated amount of $250,000 each year for a period of five years.
The Gaming Jurisdiction Project mandate is to obtain recognition of First Nations' jurisdiction in relation to gaming.
FSIN Gaming Activities
Through the amendments to the 2002 Framework Agreement that were made in 2007, the allocation is set at $250,000 per fiscal year from the FNT for FSIN Gaming Activities. The FSIN report was received as required.
In addition to making mandatory allocations as set out in the 2002 Framework Agreement, the Trustees are required to make distributions if directed by a resolution from the FSIN Chiefs in Assembly pursuant to section 8.01(d) of the Trust Indenture.
In the 2011-12 fiscal year, directed allocations were made to:
• FSIN First Nations Treaty Right Protection Fund,
• FSIN Senate Operation, and
• FSIN Gaming negotiations.
Such designated distributions are permitted as a use of funds under the terms specified in Section 5.01 of the 2003 Trust Indenture.
First Nation Treaty Rights Protection Fund
The FSIN Chiefs-in-Assembly established the First Nations Treaty Rights Protection Fund (FNTRPF) in 1983 pursuant to FSIN Resolution #007 and again in Resolution #597. The established objective of FNTRPF is the protection, promotion and enhancement of Treaty and Inherent Rights of all First Nation peoples in Saskatchewan.
As is the case with the First Nation distributions, the designated allocation uses the population count provided by each First Nation. The FNT determines the FNTRPF allocation based on five dollars per capita multiplied by the sum of all the First Nation population counts reported.
FSIN Senate Operations
The FSIN Chiefs in Assembly directed the Trustees, via Resolution #1772, to distribute $150,000 per year commencing in the 2011-12 fiscal year for three consecutive fiscal years for Senate Operations. These distributions are made through the FSIN Department of Finance.
FSIN Gaming Negotiations
As the 2002 Framework Agreement five-year review was commencing in January 2012, the FSIN Chiefs in Assembly passed Resolution #1773 that directed $100,000 be distributed to the FSIN Gaming Commission in the 2011-12 fiscal year to assist in retaining a professional negotiator.