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:



First Nations National Land Governance & Economic Development Conference and Trade Show

The conference is will be held from April 1st – 3rd at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg Manitoba.  For more information about the conference please go to

CLICK HERE to view the recorded videos from this and other past meetings!

First Nation Land Governance Readiness Conference Live Stream

The 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

CLICK HERE to view the recorded videos from this and other past meetings!



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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