What is the Lands Advisory Board?
Under the FAFNLM, the First Nations have established a Lands Advisory Board (LAB) to assist them in implementing their own land codes. The LAB is the political body composed of Chiefs regionally elected from among the Operational First Nations.
The LAB established the Resource Centre as the technical body intended to support First Nations in the developmental and operational phases implementing the FAFNLM.
What does the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre do?
The Land Advisory Board’s functions include;
- Policy and planning at the political level;
- Intergovernmental relations/meetings with Canada, Parliament, provincial, regional and municipal governments, financial institutions, etc., to implement the spirit, intent and meaning of the FAFNLM;
- When requested, attendance at conferences and other public gatherings directly relevant to the promotion and awareness of the FAFNLM
- When requested by a First Nation, attending community meetings and/or providing high level political and strategic advice to Chiefs and Councils in the developmental phase and those operating under a ratified land code
- When requested, providing advice to First Nations seeking entry into the Framework Agreement; and
- Political advocacy with signatory First Nations related to the fulfillment of FA responsibilities such as the negotiation of operational funding and FAFNLM/FNLMA amendments.
The Resource Centre’s functions are;
- Policy, planning and administration at the technical level;
- Intergovernmental relations with federal, provincial, regional and municipal government organizations to implement the technical aspects of the FAFNLM
- Support to operational First Nations implementing their Community Land Code, including the transitional period that ranges from several months to several years after opting out of the Indian Act. Areas of advice and support can include capacity building, legal, environmental, enforcement, land use planning, communications, law creation as well as best practices
- Funding and Field Support to First Nations in achieving Implementation Document (ID) milestones, including, among other activities, developing the Land Code, assisting with communications, completing ESA Phase I, Boundary Description Reports, Individual Agreement finalization and the ratification vote
- Technical advice to First Nations seeking to become new signatories to the FAFNLM.
- Framework Agreement
- Aboriginal and Treaty Rights
- Community Participation and Approvals
- Dispute Resolution
- Federal Legislation
- Federal Responsibility
- First Nation Powers
- First Nations Involved
- Gender Equality
- Land Development
- Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre
- Protection of First Nation Land
- Provincial Relations
- Retaking Responsibility for Land Management
- Third Party Interests
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