Land Governance under Framework Agreement

Presenting Organization
FNLM Resource Centre and Indigenous Services Canada

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 To date, over 150 First Nations have entered First Nations Land Management and are either developing or operating under their own land codes.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!Also, find out about a new federal program that supports in-community training to help enhance lands surveying capacity within First Nations administrations to allow staff to better engage with professional surveyors.

What Participants will Learn by Attending
By attending this introductory workshop participants will:• receive an overview of Lands Governance under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management;• be able to ask questions of the organizations who provide direct support to First Nations in doing this important work;• develop a basic understanding of the steps involved in developing a Land Code and conducting a ratification vote• understand the support services dedicated to training, mentoring & professional development that is provided by the FNLM Resource Centre• learn about the Indigenous Survey Capacity Development

Program Presenter(s)

  • Angie Derrickson, Training, Mentoring & Professional Development, First Nations Land Management Resource Centre
  • Patti Wight, Manager BC Support Services, First Nations Land Management Resource Centre
  • Jean MacDonald, Indigenous Service Canada
  • Rob Leblanc, Program Manager, Surveyor General Branch, Natural Resources Canada

Presenter Biographies
Angie Derrickson is a proud member of Westbank First Nation. Her career started at Westbank, with roles in Administration, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Senior Lands Officer from 2000 to 2010, while completing her Professional Lands Management Certification at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She later contributed to the development and delivery of Parts 1, 2, 3 of the BCAFN Governance Toolkit. She joined the Resource Centre in 2013.


Patti Wight is from the Squamish Nation and holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an environmental science focus from the University of Northern BC and also has a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Patti was the Lheidli T’enneh Director of Lands & Natural Resources.


Jean MacDonald has been a Lands Officer with the Lands Modernization Unit of Indigenous Services Canada  for one year.


Robert LeBlanc of Surveyor General Branch, previously worked with ISC and has over 10 years of experience in supporting First Nations on their path to self-determination.  In his current role as Manager for the Survey Capacity Development Program he is helping to remove barriers to effective land management, to facilitate First Nations managing their land, resources and environment according to their cultural values and priorities.