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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of September 30, 2009

Lands and Economic Development - Branch

Implementation Evaluation of the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (200964)
AEC Approval Date: 02/JUN/2009

Project
Recommendations
Action Plan Expected
Completion Date
Program
Response
1. The planning, design and communication of the Program needs improvement to allow for greater Program results, as follows:

- The vision of RLEMP as an important intermediate step toward the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA) requires greater clarification and reinforcement with all stakeholders.

- A gap analysis between communities' land management training needs and RLEMP training is required to improve training design.

- A review of and adjustments in RLEMP's funding formula is necessary as part of this redesign to ensure the Program is addressing needs equitably among participating communities.

- The roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, including INAC HQ and regional staff, as well as community leaders and land managers, require clarification.

- Overall, Program communications need improvement to ensure that all stakeholders are being made aware of, and understand the key elements of the Program and their involvement in a timely manner.
Consultations will take place with INAC Regions and Stakeholders to develop a communication strategy that will help to clarify RLEMP's role as a stepping stone toward FNLMA. December 2009 The LED sector is defining a strategic approach to Departmental lands activities. This approach will be presented to the Departmental Senior Executive at the Forum on Strategic Issues in December 2009. All audit action plan activities will be implemented within the context of this newly defined strategic approach to lands.

Status: Ongoing

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009:
HQ has partnered with NALMA to identify the strategic connections between RLEMP and FNLM. INAC is considering partnering with the LAB/RC to make similar connections. A regional conference call to being consultations is scheduled for the week of Oct 19th.
RLEMP training was developed in cooperation with First Nation land managers to address the capacity requirements for managing lands under the Indian Act. Course curriculum will continue to be reviewed and amended as part of the work of the RLEMP Steering Committee, which includes members from INAC HQ, the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association and the University of Saskatchewan. March 2010 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: Curriculum is regularly reviewed as normal practice. Identified issues will be discussed at the next steering committee November 4-5, 2009. Completion of a more comprehensive curriculum review is anticipated to be complete after the early Spring 2010 Steering Committee meeting.
Training needs for individual First Nations will fluctuate based on staff turnover and changes in land use activities on reserve. The option of offering training electives has been explored with participating First Nations. The development of these electives will be based on the availability of funding. March 2010 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: Funding has not yet been allocated to take further action on training electives. INAC will consider allocating some of the funding received through the Aboriginal Economic Development Framework (AEDF) for this purpose.
The First Nations Land Management (FNLM) Directorate will continue working with participating First Nations to identify possible adjustments to the current funding formula. The KPMG Cost Benefit Analysis of land management activities will provide important information for assessing different funding options and the true costs of land management on reserve. December 2009 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: The FNLMD is currently exploring different funding formula options. A contract to hire an IT Specialist will be drafted to assist in developing the options.
The roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders were developed in partnership with the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) and participating First Nations, and have been incorporated into the RLEMP Manual and toolkit. Consultations with INAC regions and stakeholders are ongoing and clarification of roles and responsibilities will be incorporated into the manual and toolkit before final printing and distribution. March 31, 2010 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: The RLEMP manual and toolkit is in the process of being finalized. The manual and toolkit are a portion of a rigorous communication strategy which will clearly detail the roles and responsibilities between RLEMP stakeholders. The FNLMD has secured funding for this purpose is currently on target to meet this action item.
The RLEMP manual and toolkit will provide further clarification of the key elements of the program. The toolkit will be distributed to all stakeholders, INAC regions and First Nations after a sustainable funding source has been secured and the program has been fully implemented. March 31, 2010 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: – see above.
Upon full implementation of RLEMP a fulsome communications strategy and communication package will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and distributed. October 2011 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: The FNLMD is currently finalizing the RLEMP implementation plan which will inform a rigorous communication package.
2. RLEMP's training model requires updating as per the revised Program design and program monitoring to ensure continual improvement to the content and delivery of training, as follows:

- A more cost-effective model needs to be implemented that will include a mixed training delivery model to accommodate the next generation of training participants, land managers who are new as a result of turnover in participating communities, and land managers whose capacities are evolving with experience.

- A performance monitoring and reporting system to monitor and report on Program results needs to be implemented and will require alignment with Program redesign.
Alternative training delivery methods (e.g., online courses) will be explored by the FNLM Directorate in partnership with training delivery partners (NALMA and the University of Saskatchewan) and will be discussed at regular Steering Committee meetings.

An RMAF/RBAF for RLEMP has been developed outlining the applicable performance indicators. This information will be included in the RLEMP Performance Measurement Strategy and will outline the monitoring and communication requirements.
31/03/2010 Status: On-going

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009:

INAC and NALMA have partnered to develop and pilot an equivalency exam to accelerate the pace at which experienced land mangers can complete the training thereby reducing the time commitment of students and increasing the cost-effectiveness of the training. The possibility of offering e-learning (on-line learning) is also being explored with all partners.

Status: Partially implemented

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: A draft Performance Measurement Strategy has been developed and is awaiting final approval.
3. Based upon the significant evidence that supports RLEMP's rationale and continued relevance, it is recommended that funding for RLEMP be sustained:

- Specifically, multi-year funding would ensure Program stability and allow for long-term planning.
The FNLM Directorate will be seeking multi-year funding to implement RLEMP as a full program and thereby ensuring program stability to allow for long term planning. 31/03/2010 Status: Implemented

Update/Rationale as of 09/30/2009: RLEMP activities are proceeding through the Aboriginal Economic Development Framework Action Plan. Target date for full implementation is March 31, 2010
 
 
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