Framework Agreement

The Framework Agreement was historically signed by 13 First Nations on February 12, 1996. One other First Nation was added in December 1997. The Agreement began as an initiative by these 14 First Nations to regain management and control of their lands and resources. There are now 125 signatory First Nations across Canada!

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Chief Gordon Planes

“Under the Framework Agreement, we are keeping our culture strong while at the same time maximizing opportunities. This is an investment in the future. First Nations, and Canada, have a tremendous opportunity sitting right here and as a whole we’re not looking at it enough.”

T’Souke First Nation
Director, Lands Advisory Board

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Ratifying Legislation

An act providing for the ratification and bringing into effect of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. The Act was required for 2 purposes: to ratify the Framework Agreement, & to implement those clauses of the Framework Agreement that affect third parties or other federal laws, or that are considered important enough to be repeated in the legislation.

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Chief Joe Matthias

“This may be the single most historic accomplishment for First Nations this century, to have First Nations recognized as governments with their own law-making powers and control over their own lands...”

Squamish Nation

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Chairman Robert Louie

“1 out of every 5 First Nations in Canada is either a signatory to the Framework Agreement or on the ‘waiting list’ to become a signatory in order to pursue self-determination. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being invested in economic development projects on Framework Agreement First Nations’ lands. Canada is receiving a financial return ten times the dollars that the federal government is investing in the Framework Agreement process. What an incredible success story.”

Westbank First Nation
Chair, Lands Advisory Board

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Chief Austin Bear

“We know that our people are very capable of making the day-to-day decisions of our reserve lands and resources. After all,  we exercised this responsibility for hundreds and hundreds of years before the Indian Act was imposed on us, more than a century ago.”

Muskoday First Nation
Chair, First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc.


Welcome to the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre!

Interested in becoming a signatory to the Framework Agreement?  Tell us a bit more about your First Nation by filling out the following Land Governance Profile Form:



SINEWS Bursery for post-secondary Education

SINEWS is a bursary and mentoring program that aims to support women who are currently enrolled in post-secondary institutions in the 2018-19 school year. Awards will be given to pairs of women, one of who must identify as Indigenous, while the other is non-Indigenous, to complete a summer research project in a topic that supports Indigenous public interests, and also supports the research conducted at Natural Resources Canada. Students are encouraged to apply as a self-identified pair; however, interested individuals can go to the SINEWS website to “Look for a Partner” or apply as an individual to be matched with a partner by the SINEWS team. Students will have a mentor for their project. They may identify a potential mentor in the application form or SINEWS will find a mentor for each pairs of students. Potential project ideas and subject areas can be found in Appendix A. Successful applicants will have their project funded and be provided personal support for the summer months (May-August) of 2019 through a bursary award. Student pairs will be required to share the results of their project in some form of output (written report, multimedia, etc.) at the close of the summer term. Mentors for student pairs will be located in various institutions in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

What is needed to apply?

To apply for the SINEWS program, students are required to submit:

– a completed application form;

– a recent copy of transcripts from their current post-secondary institution or other proof of enrollment

Students may also submit an optional letter of support from a mentor, professor, former employer or community member that is familiar with the student character or their achievements (note that family members are not eligible to write support letters). Complete applications should be submitted via email ( before or by 12:00 AM (MST) February 18, 2019. Incomplete applications, or applications submitted after the deadline has passed will not be considered.

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First Nation Land Governance Readiness Conference Live Stream

his conference being held on February 6th and 7th, 2019 at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton was live streamed in English and French. For more information about the conference please go to

The live stream recordings will be posted soon, stay tuned!



2019 First Nations National Land Governance and Economic Development Conference

April 1-3, 2019 / RBC Convention Centre / Winnipeg, Manitoba

The First Nations Lands Advisory Board (LAB) and the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre Inc. (RC), are hosting the 2nd national land governance and economic development conference.  The conference will be held April 1st to 3rd, 2019 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

CLICK HERE for the Conference website

CLICK HERE for the Conference brochure

CLICK HERE for Sponsorship Prospectus

(Conference Agenda to follow shortly)




Jun. 26-27, 2018      Lands Advisory Board Annual General Meeting – River Rock Hotel – Richmond, BC    CLICK HERE for event material

CLICK HERE for the recorded AGM webcast videos

Mar. 13-15, 2018      TT04 Environmental & Natural Resources – Edmonton, AB      CLICK HERE for more information

Jan. 30-31, 2018       MRP Engagement – Kelowna, BC          CLICK HERE to download event material

Feb. 27-28, 2018      FA FNLM Readiness – Toronto, ON      CLICK HERE to view the meeting webcast




Please take a moment to visit the new LAB Corporate Brochure.

CLICK HERE to print the LAB Corporate Brochure (aussi disponible en français)

(best printed in landscape and 2-sided format) 




News & Events

News & Events

Take a look at our recent news, press releases and who has recently voted "YES" to re assume jurisdiction over their lands and resources.



Here you will find a list of land codes, land laws, & matrimonial property laws that have been developed by First Nations communities working under their Land Codes.



We have a list of FAQ's that will hopefully help you if you have any questions. If your question isn't there then email us!

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