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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of March 31, 2011

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.
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 Status: Ongoing

Update/Rationale:
As of 31/03/2011:

From May to December 2010, INAC held meetings with stakeholders to obtain input to assist in informing the renovation of LED programs. Engagement focused on 6 key themes: Strategic outcomes and performance measures, program delivery options and service standards, opportunities for harmonization and linkages among existing programs, challenges related to current programming and innovative solutions, capacity development and funding priorities.

  • 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.
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 Current programs will continue with some immediate changes, the RLEMP has been moved into the Community Opportunities Branch which over time will allow for better synergies between land management and economic development and a strategic approach to the funding for land management and economic development functions; including training and capacity needs within communities.

Communications material will be used to update Departmental website content in 2011.

  • The roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders, including INAC HQ and regional staff, as well as community leaders and land managers, require clarification.
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 Completed
  • 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.
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 On-going
INAC is working closely with National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) and other stakeholders to explore further training requirements and options regarding training delivery, such as web-based training.
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 The KPMG Associated Cost Benefit Analysis of land management activities has been completed (March 31, 2011). Negotiation of a revised operational funding formula for FNLM First Nations will be undertaken in the 2011-12 fiscal year. Revisions to operational funding will include consideration of the funding to be provided to build land management capacity through low cost web based training tools common to all participating FNLM First Nations. The FNLM training program to be launched in the 2011-12 fiscal year will build upon the RLEMP training that most FNLM First Nations will have received and move beyond Indian Act land management to the particular requirements under the FNLM regime
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 Completed
Upon full implementation of RLEMP a fulsome communications strategy and communication package will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and distributed. October 2011 Completed

A communications package is in draft format. Revisions based on the recent re-organization of RLEMP into COB are on-going. Outreach activities in 10/11 resulted in invitations to a larger number of communities to participate in the RLEMP.

The draft communications package will be used to update Departmental website content in 2011.

AES: Underway

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: Ongoing

Update/Rationale:
As of 31/03/2011:

On-going
INAC is working closely with National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA) and other stakeholders to explore further training requirements and options regarding training delivery, such as web-based training. Small adjustments were made to the training modules during fiscal year 2010-2011.

A performance measurement strategy remains to be designed and adopted and this work will be undertaken in the 2011-12 fiscal year. The performance measurement strategy will need to take account of the overall program renovation for Lands & Economic Development as well as the changes to RLEMP Programming (alignment of RLEMP + EDO programming)

AES: Underway

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 03/31/2010:

RLEMP received 4 years of funding in October 2009.

AES: Close

 
 
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