First Nations Land Management Resource Centre (RC)

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The RC is the service delivery organization that fulfills the LAB’s technical and administrative responsibilities under the Framework.   Some of the Resource Centre’s functions include:

  • developing model land codes, laws and land management systems;
  • developing model agreements for use between First Nations and other authorities and institutions, including public utilities and private organizations;
  • on request of a First Nation, assisting the First Nation in developing and implementing its land code, laws, land management systems and environmental assessment and protection regimes, assisting a verifier when requested by the verifier;
  • establishing a resource centre, curricula and training programs for managers and others who perform functions pursuant to a land code;
  • on request of a First Nation encountering difficulties relating to the management of its First Nation lands, helping the First Nation in obtaining the expertise necessary to resolve the difficulty;
  • proposing regulations for First Nation land registration.
  • Transitional support advice
    • Financial planning
    • Law Compliance
    • Law Creation prioritization
    • Instrument Development
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Fees
    • Organization/Staffing/Training/Knowledge Sharing
  • Registry set up/FNLRS Training
  • Information Management
  • Individual Agreement Maintenance – Revenue Accounts, documents transfer, legacy issues follow up
  • Land Use Planning
  • Enforcement and Adjudication
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Assessment/Management Advice
  • Survey Advice
  • Legal Advice
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Federal/Provincial/Municipal Relations
  • Issue specific advice
  • Issue specific workshops
  • Staff Mentoring
  • Best practices and on line learning curriculum and other resources
  • “Implementation Document” Facilitation:
    • Land Code development assistance
    • Assistance with Community/Council/Staff Information development and working Sessions
    • Facilitating the completion of the Individual Agreement
    • Assisting Verifier when needed
    • Ratification vote assistance
    • Milestone and financial reporting
  • *Support to First Nations is restricted to Land Code development and/or implementation* First Nations Signatories are not required to utilize the services of the LAB or RC.

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“Over the past 20 years, we have worked with First Nations to implement First Nation Land Management across the country. More and more First Nations from coast to coast are taking the opportunity to reclaim jurisdiction over their lands and resources – we are taking our rightful place over our lands.”

Austin Bear, RC Chairman

What We Do

Operational & Developmental
Technical Field Support

The Resource Centre places great emphasis on the regional representation of its technical staff, which geographically coincides with the distribution of signatory First Nations.

Many of our Managers and Technicians were integral to the development and implementation of the land code for their respective First Nations. This insight is invaluable to the support provided to communities proceeding towards self-governance.

The support services provided by our field staff are wide-ranging, including:

  • Aiding in land code development;
  • Aiding in community engagement and communication strategies;
  • Advising in Individual Agreement negotiations;
  • Coordinating the verification process;
  • Assisting in planning/facilitating ratification votes;
  • Supporting operational First Nations during and after transition to land governance authority under their land code;
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Capacity Building, Training, &
Professional Development

A Land Governance Manuel (LGM) has been prepared as a resource tool for Operational signatories. The LGM is a living resource tool, updated regularly, and has been developed from 20 years of actual examples of lands governance experiences under land code.

A series of ongoing sessions, called “Think-Tanks” are offered regionally throughout the year. These focused, capacity building sessions encourage the discussion of current land governance practices and experiences as they relate to various lands governance topics.

Equally, the Resource Centre has produced over 33 self-paced training courselets, designed to aid Developmental and Operational Framework Agreement signatories with their lands governance responsibilities. The courselets cover a wide-range of essential topics, and are available to anyone interested in learning about lands governance related issues under a land code.

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Environmental & Enforcement
Support Services

The Resource Centre continues to work towards addressing the regulatory gap on reserve lands with First Nations, provinces and the federal government as intended by the Framework Agreement.

Environmental Management Planning, Implementation, Law-making and Enforcement in our communities are a unique and on-going challenge.

In response to this need, the Resource Centre has been developing various strategies to expand on the self-government law-making powers of operational signatory nations to the Framework Agreement.

Equally, the LAB and Resource Centre are committed to consistently improving upon the Framework Agreement per the direction of its membership. As such, several amendments are currently in development, including topics such as:

  • Voting thresholds and need for verifiers;
  • Expanded Environmental law-making powers;
  • Expanded MRP provisions and powers;
  • A First Nation led lands registry system;
  • Additions to Reserve;
  • Authorities for partnerships in policing, etc

Land Use Planning & Related
Support Services

Assistance in land-related planning is provided to Operational communities as well as Developmental communities.

Land Use Planning, Strategic Planning and other land-based planning advising is provided to communities. This includes assistance in preparing for planning activities and sourcing and applying for funding.

The Resource Centre recognizes that land-related plans are primary tools for successful land governance to take place, that Land Use Plans are a requirement for successful economic development and protecting traditional sites, and that the development of land-related plans should follow the development of land codes, given that land codes govern land laws.

Lands department staff can be provided with mentoring opportunities and each community is treated individually. The activities are at once related to land governance, economic development planning, and capacity building, with the three being merged into the overall Resource Centre Land Use Planning advising role as well as the Resource Centre’s Training and Communications strategies.

Land Description & Surveys
Support Services

Assistance and advice is offered to First Nations with regards to surveys, processes and other survey related issues or questions.

This can include:

  • Determining the type of survey plan required for a land transaction;
  • Detailing the survey plan process;
  • Determining the various stakeholders and their specific role’s in the process;
  • Reviewing and explaining the survey plan;
  • Researching the status of a survey project;
  • Searching for finalized survey plans for the First Nation, etc.

The Resource Centre also provides assistance in reviewing the Research Reports and Land Descriptions prepared by Canada for a First Nation’s Reserve lands.

If Canada identifies the need for a survey, the Resource Centre’s survey contracting process was developed to ensure a timely completion and that First Nation are included in the project.

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Communication Development
& Support Services

As with all areas of Resource Centre support, our communications department plays a key role in the Resource Centre’s mandate, by developing products that share pertinent information about the Framework Agreement, its signatory communities, and other topics of significance.

A variety of products are produced and maintained throughout the year to help inform, advise, and support. Among others, some of these items include:

  • The LAB Annual Report;
  • Special presentations to communities, Parliament, associations;
  • Land Code specific websites and community engagement materials;
  • Social media;
  • Digital and print media; and
  • LAB and Resource Centre websites
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Mission Statement

“Supporting First Nations to exercise their Inherent Right to govern their Lands and Resources.”