Who We Are
A First Nations organization dedicated to serving and supporting First Nations communities who want to re-establish control over their lands, natural resources, and environment through the historic government-to-government Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management.
What We Do
The Resource Centre is dedicated to supporting First Nations communities, when invited, in the following ways:
- Intergovernmental Relations in support of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management’s ongoing implementation
- Training, resources and support services for signatory First Nations as they develop and implement their community land codes
- Providing information to interested First Nations
The immediate policy priority is the replacement of the historic government-to-government Framework Agreement’s ratifying legislation, the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA).
Replacing the FNLMA “ratifying legislation” in the short term will greatly reduce duplication and confusion, as well as create clarity, save time, effort and resources for both First Nations and Canada. It will also build on the Framework Agreement’s two-decade success in recognizing the inherent right of self-government in an efficient and respectful manner and better respect the ‘government to government’ dynamic of reconciliation.
In place since 1996, the Framework Agreement has a proven track record supporting First Nations to reclaim governance of their lands and resources despite complications arising from the current ratifying legislation (FNLMA).
Through the implementation of the Framework Agreement, Canada and First Nations are making practical, meaningful progress towards reconciliation through the elimination of the colonial Indian Act lands restrictions by establishing community-created land codes. Land codes are enhancing law making, enforcement, planning, and environmental management and the protection of reserve lands, as well as creating better regulatory circumstances for stable economic development. Land codes are also expanding on modern systems of lands governance and have resulted in the removal of federal government-related bureaucratic processes in favour of more appropriate local and timely decision-making.
- 94 First Nations have ratified the Framework Agreement and enacted their own land codes
- 32 First Nations are in development phase
- 61 First Nations have expressed formal interest to become a signatory
Over one third, or 225, of the 630 First Nations in Canada are involved in the Framework Agreement process. The LAB and Resource Centre hope to expand efforts and support even more First Nations as they continue to seek effective and proven remedies to the colonial restrictions of the Indian Act.
CLICK HERE for more information on the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management