Fact Sheet - Sunsetting the Regional Land Administration Program and 53/60 Delegated Authority Program

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Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has delivered Indian Act land management funding programs, beginning in the late 1980' s with the 53/60 Delegated Authority Program and the early 1990's with the Regional Land Administrative Program.

A 2002 evaluation concluded that these programs failed to adequately address the complex nature of reserve land management, that there was a need for comprehensive First Nation land management capacity development and a revised funding formula that met the modern land management needs of First Nations. In response, AANDC, in partnership with First Nations and First Nation organizations, developed the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP).

The RLEMP maintains many of the common elements of the Regional Lands Administration Program and the 53/60 Delegated Authority Program, but also integrates land use planning, environmental management and compliance into the responsibilities of participating First Nations.

As designed, the full implementation of the RLEMP triggers the sunsetting of the Regional Lands Administration Program and the 53/60 Delegated Authority Program.

Effective April 1, 2012, First Nations enrolled in the Regional Land Administration Program and 53/60 Delegated Authority Program commenced the transition into the RLEMP. To assist with the transition, an assessment tool has been developed and First Nations will be assessed against the criteria of the RLEMP to determine eligibility. First Nations who meet the RLEMP entry criteria will receive land management funding and will be required to complete any necessary training commencing April 2014. First Nations assessed as ineligible to enter into the RLEMP will be notified by AANDC. An overview of the assessment will be provided to assist with developing a strategy to meet entry criteria if the First Nation chooses to.

First Nations who are ineligible or unwilling to enter into the RLEMPwill cease to receive land management funding and AANDC regional offices will resume providing reserve land management services.

For more information on the RLEMP, please call 1-800-567-9604 or email:  RLEMP@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.