HONESTY | SABE
Sabe Spirit – Tepwewin: Honesty
The Sabe (Sasquatch) Spirit teaches us that honesty requires courage and when we are honest with ourselves it is easier to be honest with others.
The Finance Unit of Sagkeeng Child & Family Services is comprised of 6 dedicated staff members.
The unit provides financial services for the community office in Sagkeeng and the Winnipeg office.
The Finance Unit operates according to the Financial Policies & Procedures of Sagkeeng Child & Family Services and is responsible to ensure that the Agency is operating in compliance with the Funding Agreements entered into with the Federal Government, Provincial Government and the Southern First Nations Network of Care.
The financial operations of the SCFS Finance Unit include:
- Forecasting, preparing, monitoring the annual budgets
- Preparing quarterly financial reports,
- Accounts payable
- Payroll and benefits
- Foster maintenance
- Provincial Child Maintenance billings
- Federal Child Maintenance billings
- Yearly Audit preparation
The Director of Finance represents Sagkeeng Child & Family Services at meetings coordinated by the Southern First Nations Network of Care held in conjunction with Finance Directors of partner Agencies.
The Director of Finance represents Sagkeeng Child & Family Services at quarterly meetings coordinated amongst Finance Directors of the Northern and Southern Child & Family Service Agencies.
The Director of Finance represents Sagkeeng Child & Family Services at annual Regional meetings which includes: all Southern and Northern CFS Agencies, along with the Southern and Northern Child & Family Services Authorities, including Federal & Provincial delegates.
The Finance Assistants are involved in the Agency’s monthly Special Rate Committee meetings, ensuring compliance with the Federal/Provincial Child Maintenance Guidelines.
These meetings are a vital component at keeping the agency informed of all updates and changes determined by our Federal and Provincial Funders.
Child Maintenance Guidelines
The Guidelines are provided to all Child and Family Services Agencies and Authorities accessing child maintenance funding. The Guidelines are amended as necessary to reflect changes in legislation, provincial requirements and procedures and any rate changes associated with children in care.
The Child and Family Services branch is responsible for maintaining and updating the Guidelines and ensuring that Divisional staff, Child and Family Service Agencies and Authorities are advised of any changes.
Provincially Funded Children in Care
Manitoba Family Services funds the following children in care:
– all children whose parents or guardians are normally living on reserve at the time the child enters care but do not have or are not eligible for treaty status
– all children, regardless of status, whose parents or guardians are normally living off reserve at the time the child enters care
Federally Funded Children in Care
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) funds the following children in care:
All treaty status or eligible for treaty status children whose parents or guardians are normally resident on reserve at the time the child enters care. First Nations agencies access ISC funding using provincial guideline criteria and rates for reimbursement of expenditures.
*Child & Family Services Funding Guidelines for Child Maintenance -Unit of Family Services Division
Employees within the Finance Unit Consist of:
- Director of Finance
- 2 Finance Clerks
- 1 Billings Clerk
- 1 Accounts Payable
- 1 Payroll Clerk