Considerations in Land Code Development & Community Engagement

Presenting Organization

First Nation Land Management Resource Centre

Workshop Description

The Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management is a First Nation’s driven process that has resulted in First Nations across Canada building their own Land Governance structures and capacity to take back the control and decision-making of their reserve lands. 

First Nations have achieved this significant goal through the development of their own Land Code, Lands Act or Land Law and by ultimately gaining community approval. A First Nation’s Land Code outlines their powers of jurisdiction and authority and provides for the administrative structures to strike a balance between the development, conservation and protection of their reserve lands, that is rooted in community-based priorities. 

Join our team in discussing the basic elements of Land Code development and considerations for creating a community engagement strategy that will work for your community! The First Nation Land Management Resource Centre is an indigenous organization that was created by First Nations to support other First Nations in achieving their Land Governance objectives.

What Participants will learn by attending

By attending this introductory workshop participants will:

  • Meet the FNLM Resource Centre team that supports First Nations in developing & implementing their own Land Codes,
  • Gain a more in-depth understanding of the technical requirements for developing a Land Code,
  • Review tools and tips for designing community engagement processes and holding a community ratification vote.


  • Denise Unger, Support Technician
  • Bonnie Arden, Support Services
  • Shawn Speirs, BC Support Services
  • Jack Brown, BC Support Services

Presenter Biographies

The First Nation Land Management Resource Centre (FNLM RC) is an indigenous service delivery organization that fulfills the Lands Advisory Board’s technical and administrative responsibilities under the Framework Agreement on FNLM. Some of the Resource Centre’s functions include:

  • developing model land codes, laws and land management systems;
  • developing model agreements for use between First Nations and other authorities and institutions, including public utilities and private organizations;
  • on request of a First Nation, assisting the First Nation in developing and implementing its land code, laws, land management systems and environmental assessment and protection regimes, assisting a verifier when requested by the verifier;
  • establishing a resource centre, curricula and training programs for managers and others who perform functions pursuant to a land code;
  • on request of a First Nation encountering difficulties relating to the management of its First Nation lands, helping the First Nation in obtaining the expertise necessary to resolve the difficulty;
  • proposing regulations for First Nation land registration.