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Apply for funding to increase your community's land management responsibilities.
The Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP) provides funding to First Nations to develop the capacity needed to manage and exercise increased responsibility over their reserve land, resources and environment under the Indian Act.
Participating in RLEMP can prepare a community for transition to a more comprehensive land management regime, such as the First Nations Land Management Regime, or comprehensive self-government.
There are three levels of responsibility under RLEMP. As First Nations progress from one level to the next, they develop the lands and environmental management capacity required to manage their reserve lands.
As First Nations progress through RLEMP, funding increases in recognition of the additional administrative responsibilities performed under the Indian Act. These administrative responsibilities include:
While a First Nation is training a land manager, they are eligible for 80% of their operational funding to set up and start running a lands office. Once they have a certified lands manager, First Nations then receive 100% of their operational funding as they take on full responsibility for lands and environmental management activities.
Since 2011, many First Nations have progressed from level 2 to the First Nations Land Management Regime.
Although First Nations participating in RLEMP are responsible for the administration of lands and environmental transactions, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs is still liable for all transactions.
Terms and conditions for each First Nation participating in RLEMP are outlined in a funding agreement and include:
Three checklists have been developed to help First Nations and INAC meet program requirements:
All efforts are made to ensure that First Nations remain compliant under RLEMP. However, First Nations that are unable to meet the terms and conditions of their funding agreement will no longer receive funding under RLEMP and INAC will reassume related responsibilities.
There is no deadline to apply. RLEMP accepts applications throughout the year. But there are deadlines to apply for Level 1: Professional Land Management Certification Program.
A First Nation or tribal council must complete a First Nation Entry Request and Capacity Self-Assessment and submit it to their INAC regional office
INAC will conduct an assessment. Eligibility criteria include:
Once accepted into RLEMP, the First Nation or tribal council must pass a band council resolution agreeing to the terms of the program.