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Action Plan Implementation Status Update Report to the Evaluation, Performance Measurement and Review Committee - As of March 31, 2012

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 AANDC 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 March 15, 2012
On-Going

Through program review and renovation the transition from RLEMP to FNLM will be encouraged through various core and project based funding options.

Upon program renewal, communication tools will be developed to update the Departmental website





COMPLETED
  • A gap analysis between communities' land management training needs and RLEMP training is required to improve training design.
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 AANDC HQ, the National Aboriginal Land Managers Association and the University of Saskatchewan.

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 March 15, 2012

Training support provided by external service delivery providers such as, National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association (NALMA) and the University of Saskatchewan will be reviewed and adjusted based on evolving needs of First Nations communities.

NALMA has received 11/12 funding to explore other training options. Development of an online course, including interactive videos and downloadable workbooks has been completed by the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association. A demonstration of the online training will be conducted in April 2012 for AANDC consideration in the 2012-13 technical training.

Completed
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 completed Fall 2011-12.
  • 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 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
Through program renovation, program options include support for First nations to provide economic development and land management support to First Nation's, the funding formulas currently under development provides a stable and reliable funding base to support land and economic development services and that represents the cost of providing these services.

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



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 RLEMP manual and toolkit will provide further clarification of the key elements of the program. The toolkit will be distributed to all stakeholders, AANDC 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 March 15, 2012

An RLEMP toolkit was sent out to all participating FNs in July, as well as posted on the intranet for the use of Departmental staff.

Upon program renewal a communication package will be developed and used to update the Departmental website

AES: Progress satisfactory and moving in the right direction – Recommend to close
Upon full implementation of RLEMP a fulsome communications strategy and communication package will be developed in consultation with stakeholders and distributed. October 2011
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 March 15, 2012

On-going
Through the program renewal process, LED is working closely with National Aboriginal Land Managers Association (NALMA), CANDO and the University of Saskatchewan to explore further training requirements and options regarding training delivery, such as web-based training. As well, we have asked NALMA and CANDO to identify ways they could work together to reduce costs and increase efficiencies in the way we provide training support to First Nations communities, from both a lands and economic development perspective. A meeting between the Department, CANDO and NALMA was held on February 23, 2012. Key activities and timelines have been developed in a work plan. The Department has been working with the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association to develop alternative training delivery methods for Reserve Land and Environment Management Program First Nations. A demonstration of the online training will be conducted in April 2012 for AANDC consideration in the 2012-13 technical training.

Completed

AES: Progress satisfactory – Recommend to close
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.
 
 
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