In less than three years the leaders of Opaskwayak Cree Nation has elevated the communities’ financial status from nearing third party management to being recognized by the financial management board.
OCN is now the 18th First Nation in Canada and the second in Manitoba to receive the Financial Management System Certification a rare yet growing accomplishment among indigenous communities.
In their journey towards getting this certification OCN Developed a financial administration law and received a financial performance certificate.
OCN Chief Christian Sinclair stated in a news release they struggle to meet their communities’ social needs as their membership continues to grow which is why it’s important to put economic development first because without
financial stability they cannot take care of the community.