The Lands Advisory Board
The LAB was established by the originating First Nations of the Framework Agreement. The LAB is comprised of an elected Chairman and regionally elected Directors, determined by the Councils of the Operational signatory First Nations. The LAB is the political body supporting signatories to the Framework Agreement in the implementation of their own land management regimes.
Among its roles, the LAB provides strategic direction to the FNLM Resource Centre, proposes amendments to the Framework Agreement and Federal Legislation as necessary, advocates for and negotiates funding with Canada on behalf of the First Nations, and performs whatever political functions or services are agreed to between the LAB and the First Nation.
The LAB remains steadfast in supporting its vision of “First Nations working together to resume jurisdiction over reserve lands and resources.”
The Resource Centre
The Resource Centre offers a wealth of support services to Framework Agreement Signatory First Nations in the developmental and post-ratification phases of their land code and aids in facilitating the community’s land governance efforts.
The RC was established by the LAB to fulfill its administrative and technical responsibilities as prescribed under the Framework Agreement. It was incorporated in 2001. The RC offers a range of support services to Operational and Developmental signatories of the Framework Agreement, in areas including the development and implementation of their Land Code, Environmental Management, Law-Making and Enforcement, Land Use and related planning,Training, Mentorship and Professional Development, Land Descriptions and Surveys, Communications and more.
The Resource Centre is governed by its Board of Directors, who work closely with the Executive Director and RC staff to advocate for the support of the signatory communities that it serves.
The RC is dedicated to its mission of “Supporting First Nations to exercise their Inherent Right to govern their Lands and Resources”.