Environmental Governance Under Land Code

Presenting Organization: RC


Explore how the Framework Agreement can support environmental governance and jurisdiction on First Nation lands. This learning opportunity will provide insight into various tools, such as environmental management plans, environmental assessments, laws and policies. This workshop will also discuss strategies to achieve community specific objectives such as building resiliency to climate change. Details on how the RC can support environmental governance strategies, funding opportunities, and goals for Land Code First Nations will be discussed. 


  • Chantal Kitamura, First Nations Land Management Resource Centre
  • Francis Thommai, Land Steward - Katzie First Nation


Speakers Bios

Chantal joined the Resource Centre in 2021. She is delighted to be part of the team and is enthusiastic about her role as Environment and Enforcement Specialist. Chantal has great passion for environmental governance which began to flourish during her university studies. Chantal holds a Master of International Forestry Degree from the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, Chantal focused on furthering her knowledge of forest policy and resource management as it relates to Indigenous rights and land governance. Prior to attending UBC, Chantal graduated from the University of Waterloo where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree in Urban Planning with specialization in Environmental Planning and Management. Chantal enjoys learning new things and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). Chantal’s passion for environmental governance has continued to grow throughout her various work experiences. Before joining the Resource Centre, Chantal worked with Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Resource Department as both Consultation and Accommodation Manager as well as Referrals Analyst. Working as part of Tsleil-Waututh’s Consultation and Accommodation team, Chantal analyzed the environmental effects of various development projects and led consultation activities, building positive relationships with external organizations. Chantal has also appreciated completing several internships with federal and municipal government agencies as well as working in private sector and research-based roles. Chantal values the experience and knowledge she has gained in the fields of environmental policy and management, species at risk, environmental assessment, urban planning, and development.


Francis Thommai has been working for KFN as the Land Steward and supports the Lands Director in implementing KFN Laws, Lands Development procedures, Land Use Plan and Environmental Management plan. As a Registered Professional Biologist, he liaises with property owners, contractors, and consultants to coordinate required assessments, reports, and certificates under KFN Law. Francis Thommai has vast experience in fisheries management, aquaculture, and aquatic ecosystems. He has more than 25 years of experience as a Professor in Fisheries Science and completed more than ten research projects funded by the Federal and Provincial governments of India.