Lands and Economic Development Services Program


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Lands and natural resources are among the most valuable assets held by First Nations and Inuit communities, and their effective and sustainable use is critical for Indigenous economic development. As outlined in the Federal Framework for Aboriginal Economic Development (PDF – 25 pages, 1.43 Mb), the Government of Canada intends to unlock the full economic potential of Indigenous peoples, their communities and their businesses by promoting Indigenous partnerships with the provinces and territories and the private sector.

With this goal in mind, in April 2014, the Government of Canada combined five community-based economic and land management support programs into the Lands and Economic Development Services Program. This will help increase Indigenous participation in the economy through laws and programs, and allow communities greater control over land management.

The program, administered by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), offers different types of funding to help First Nations and Inuit communities address the following:

The Lands and Economic Development Services Program enables First Nations and Inuit communities to:

Priority is given to:

Funding is determined by:

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