Modernization Of Land and Environmental Management On Reserve Through (RLEMP)

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RLEMP provides financial support to first nations communities, institutions and professional development organizations for services associated with Indian Act and environmental management services.

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Modernization Of Land and Environmental Management On Reserve Through (RLEMP)

  1. 1. Modernization of Land and Environmental Management on Reserve through (RLEMP) Presented by Economic Development Unit, Lands and Economic Development, BC Region Julia Kristjanson December 17, 2013
  2. 2. Overview 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Objectives RLEMP Activities 3 Levels of Responsibility RLEMP Funding Entry to RLEMP
  3. 3. What is the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program? • RLEMP provides financial support to First Nations communities, institutions and professional development organizations for services associated with Indian Act land and environmental management services • Designed in partnership with First Nation land managers, University of Saskatchewan and National Aboriginal Land Managers Association
  4. 4. Objectives  Support First Nations’ capacity to manage lands, resources and environment  Enhance decision-making at the community level in regard to land use,  Improve ability to take advantage of land-based economic opportunities on reserve  Facilitate transition beyond Indian Act into modernized land management regimes such as First Nations Land Management or comprehensive self-government.
  5. 5. RLEMP Activities RLEMP provides funding for: • Development of the skills and knowledge of the First Nation land manager (training and professional development) • Land and environmental management activities under the Indian Act (e.g., leases, permits) • Environmental management activities associated with land interests • Development and implementation of Community Land Use Plan, Environmental Sustainability Plan and/or Compliance Framework
  6. 6. 3 Levels of Responsibility 1. Training and Development – – 2-year Professional Land Management Certification Program Land management duties with support from AANDC 1. Operational – Primary responsibility for reserve land management 1. Delegated Authority – Land management authority (sections 53 and 60) delegated to First Nation.
  7. 7. RLEMP Funding • Base funding formula – Type, volume and complexity of land transactions (i.e, leases, permits, etc) – Population base – Reserve land base – Environmental activities – Compliance activities – Level of responsibility • Additional funding when one or more of: – Community Land Use Plan – Environmental Management System – Compliance Framework • Training level: training/tuition costs – one-time occurrence per First Nation
  8. 8. Is RLEMP right for you? Considerations: • Increased involvement in full scope of land and environmental management activities • Will need to be accountable for the results achieved through land and environmental management activities • Will receive training and support to acquire skills and knowledge • Will have increased control over compliance activities and processes, and will assume accountability for reporting on these; and • Must continue to fulfill responsibilities under RLEMP if the First Nation Land Manager departs and/or while a new one is being trained
  9. 9. Entry to RLEMP 1. First Nations capacity self-assessment to determine readiness 2. AANDC capacity assessment to confirm readiness 3. BCR submitted to AANDC, accepting RLEMP terms and conditions 4. Apply to and attend Professional Land Management Certification Program 5. Maintain lands office: roles & responsibilities; milestones; reporting
  10. 10. Conclusion • RLEMP supports First Nations in developing capacity to undertake increased responsibility over their reserve land, resources and environment. • Helps in the transition to First Nations Land Management (FNLM) Regime to allow First Nations to opt out of the land-related sections of the Indian Act, and enact their own laws. • Increased control over lands and resources leads to greater economic development opportunities.
  11. 11. Questions? Julia Kristjanson, Officer 604-666-5080, julia.kristjanson@aandc.gc.ca

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