Mandatory Allocations

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).

First Nations Addiction Rehabilitation Foundation

FNARF was established in 1995. FNARF’s mandate is 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 and its amendments, 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.

Directed Allocations

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 2018-19 fiscal year, directed allocations were made to:

  • FSIN First Nations Treaty Right Protection Fund,
  • STC Treaty Rights Protection Fund • FSIN Senate Operation,
  • FSIN Veterans.
  • Chief Big Bear First Nation
  • FSIN Operational Plan & Budget

Such designated distributions are permitted as a use of funds under the terms specified in Section 5.01 of the 2003 Trust Indenture.

Designated Allocations

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 directed allocation uses the population count provided by each First Nation to the FSIN Clerk of the Assembly. The FNT determines the FNTRPF allocation based on five dollars per capita multiplied by the sum of all the First Nation population counts reported.

STC Treaty Rights Protection Fund

The FSIN Chiefs-in-Assembly passed Resolution #1940 that directed the Trustees to release the Saskatoon Tribal Council First Nations’ proportional share of the FNTRPF resources directly to the Saskatoon Tribal Council as of April 1, 2015. This Resolution also allows other Tribal/Grand Councils and Independent Bands assume control of their proportional share of FNTRPF funds should they so choose.

FSIN Senate

The FSIN Chiefs in Assembly directed the Trustees, via Resolution #1904, to distribute an annual allocation of $150,000 per year commencing in the 2014-15 fiscal year for Senate Operations. These distributions are made through the FSIN Department of Finance.

FSIN Veterans

The FSIN Chiefs in Assembly directed the Trustees, via Resolution #1847, to distribute $150,000 per year commencing in the 2012-13 fiscal year for FSIN Veterans operations. These distributions are made through the FSIN Department of Finance.

Chief Big Bear Band

The FSIN Chiefs in Assembly passed Resolution #1896 that instructed the Trust to provide an addition distribution of $10,000 each year that will be ongoing till the conclusion of the land claim of the Big Bear Band. These distributions are made directly to Chief Big Bear Band.

FSIN Operational Plan & Budget

The FSIN Chiefs in Assembly directed the Trustees, via Resolution #1917 & #1973 to annually distribute funds to the FSIN to support their core operation plan. FSIN receives fifty percent of the net annual revenue, up to a maximum of $2.5 million, generated from the addition of 250 machines added to SIGA in the 2014 GFA Amending Agreement. This funding commenced in the 2015-16 fiscal year and will continue to the 2020-2021 fiscal year. The actual amount is determined by SIGA from their annual Audited Financial Statements.