ARCHIVED - Annex G – Lands and Environmental Management Programs – At a Glance

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  Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) First Nations Land Management (FNLM) Regime Contaminated Sites Management Program (CSMP) Commercial Leasing (CL)
Brief Description The RLEMP, part of the Framework Action Plan, provides core financial support to participating First Nations for land management and offers a two-year professional capacity building program delivered by the University of Saskatchewan and the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA). The FNLM regime, a First Nations-led initiative, is a sectoral governance arrangement that provides participating First Nations with law-making powers to govern their reserve lands, resources and environment. First Nations operating under the FNLM regime are no longer governed by the land-related sections of the Indian Act. The CSMP provides funding to First Nations, in partnership with the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan Secretariat, for the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites on reserve lands in order to reduce risks to human health and the environment. CL provides funding for surveys, environmental site assessments and other activities related to commercial leasing and designations on reserve to support economic development.
Primary Stakeholders First Nations, Tribal Councils, Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal corporations, training institutions and professional organizations, and other organizations mandated by the eligible recipients to carry out ongoing activities and projects on their behalf. First Nations, Tribal Councils, governments of selfgoverning First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, Aboriginal corporations and other organizations mandated by the eligible recipients to carry out ongoing activities and projects on their behalf. First Nations living on lands with known National Classification System for Contaminated Sites Class 1 or Class 2 contaminated sites, Bands/Settlements and Communities, District Councils / Chiefs and Councils, Tribal Councils, First Nations Organizations, Associations and Institutions. First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and other organizations mandated by the eligible recipients to carry out ongoing activities and projects on their behalf.
Eligible Activities
  • Travel, accommodation and tuition at the University of Saskatchewan for the Professional Land Management Certification Program
  • Travel and accommodation for the Professional Land Management Certification Program delivered by NALMA
  • Development of land use plans, community environmental sustainability plans and compliance frameworks
  • Administration of reserve land management and registration of instruments in the Indian Land Registry System (as per RLEMP funding formula)
  • Development and ratification of a Land Code and Environmental Management Plan
  • Transition activities from land governance under Indian Act to FNLMA
  • Provision of external boundary surveys, by Natural Resources Canada, to ensure certainty of reserve area
  • Administration of reserve land management and registration of instruments in the First Nations Land Registry System (as per FNLM developmental and operational funding formulas)
  • Identification of potentially contaminated sites and environmental site assessments thereof
  • Monitoring and/or remediation of contaminated sites
  • Preventative actions to mitigate the potential for future contamination
  • Designation of land and community approval process
  • Provision of legal surveys by Natural Resource Canada
  • Environmental Assessments to determine condition of land
  • Other approved activities for which a First Nation is setting aside land for a commercial purpose
Specific Audit
and Evaluation
Recommendations
  • Ensure that First Nations who are ready to pursue greater autonomy can access existing programs, such as the RLEMP and FNLM regime
  • Ensure that appropriate training programs, which address the requirements of participating First Nations, are developed and made available to First Nations in the RLEMP
  • Assess funding requirements to fulfill departmental land management responsibilities on reserve
  • Program communications should be improved with all stakeholders, including Aboriginal communities, training delivery partners and INAC regional offices
  • Explore options for reducing travel costs related to training program, including the development of on-line courses
  • Ensure that First Nations who are ready to pursue greater autonomy can access existing programs, such as the RLEMP and FNLM regime
  • Ensure that appropriate training programs, which address the requirements of participating First Nations, are developed and made available to First Nations in the FNLM regime
  • Assess funding requirements to fulfill departmental land management responsibilities on reserve
  • Communications and collaboration with all stakeholders should be improved
  • Conduct a program management review prior to program renewal in order to improve overall program performance and management
  • Consider creating a new funding authority that provides dedicated funding to support departmental contaminated sites policy and programming
  • Develop a comprehensive human resources strategy for program delivery that addresses resourcing issues, both within and external to the department, including the development of a training strategy that promotes Aboriginal training and skills development
  • Enhance intradepartmental linkages that contaminated sites programming has with key departmental strategies, including linkages regarding environmental protection, land management, economic development, consultation, and contracting
  • N/A
Budget 2010-2011* The 2010-2011 collective budget for these programs is approximately $50.5 million.

* Source: Based on 2010-2011 Main Estimates, Grants and Contributions.

 

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