Moving Towards Self-Governance and Management of First Nations Reserve Lands: Land Code Communities

Posted by Alison Fraser

on May 15, 2017 10:19:54 AM

In 1990, a group of First Nations Chiefs came together to request that their communities be given the opportunity to manage their reserve lands. This was primarily driven by their frustration with lack of control over lands, which was impeding progress on economic development within their communities.  In short, they were not able to “move at the speed of business” because of Indian Act- imposed processes about land-use on reserve.  Shortly thereafter, the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA) was developed and adopted.    Specifically, the FNLMA allows communities to opt out of sections of the Indian Act pertaining to lands management.  Communities that choose to follow this lands management pathway, can apply to enter into a Framework Agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC, formerly AANDC) and develop a Land Code to assert jurisdiction over their reserve lands. Eligibility of a community is based on a review of the First Nations General Assessment by INAC, which includes a review of the financial stability of the community. 

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Topics: Aboriginal Land and Water Stewards, Land Code, First Nation Land Management Act

Traditional Knowledge Interview Training: Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre

Posted by Jessica Steiner

on May 9, 2017 10:09:09 AM

Thanks to to the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries  Resource Centre for inviting us to facilitate Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Interview Training in North Bay, Ontario. Our team members had a great time connecting with the AOFRC staff and representatives from 12 different First Nation communities from all over Ontario. Indigenous knowledge matters, and capacity building in Aboriginal communities for traditional knowledge gathering and documenting is very important.  Check out the video below.

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Topics: Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, Traditional Knowledge and Land Use Studies, training, Capcity Building

Eagle Eye: May 2017 Funding Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on May 9, 2017 9:48:34 AM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  
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Topics: Funding

Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole? There's an App for That!

Posted by Don Richardson

on Apr 22, 2017 8:01:06 PM

“Canada is a vast nation with a diverse energy mix. A better understanding of what energy is produced, as well as how, when and where it’s transported will lead to a more informed energy dialogue across the country.”

– Peter Watson, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, National Energy Board


Tired of NEB Pipeline Whack-a-Mole?

National Energy Board (NEB) regulated pipelines transport millions of litres of oil and gas under our feet every day.  The network of pipelines is vast.  In 2016, pipelines regulated by the NEB moved over a billion barrels of liquid products alone.  We spend a lot of time with pipeline maps, in relation to pipelines and Indigenous jurisdiction, Indigenous land use planning, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous environmental monitoring and Indigenous Guardians programs or related BEAHR training.  A good pipeline mapping app would be nice.

If you've ever tried to figure out where a NEB regulated pipeline is located and what's flowing through it, you know it can be difficult.  But your days of playing pipeline whack-a-mole on Google may soon be over.  The National Energy Board (NEB) recently launched a new interactive online tool providing information on what products are moving through NEB-regulated pipelines.

 Map image from the NEB's Interactive Pipeline Map, including dots with reported incidents

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Topics: Pipelines, Indigenous Environmental Monitoring

We're Hiring: Archaeologist / Cultural Heritage Specialist

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Apr 18, 2017 9:14:09 AM


Are you an experienced Archaeologist and / or Cultural Heritage Specialist who is looking for an opportunity to make a difference with your work? This might be the job for you! The person we are seeking will have at least 5 years of relevant professional experience completing Archaeology and Cultural Heritage studies. SVS’s Archaeologist will work collaboratively with our team and clients to:

  • Undertake third-party technical peer reviews of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Studies on behalf of our Indigenous community clients
  • Deliver Archaeological Monitoring training and capacity building to First Nations, Metis and Inuit organizations and individuals
  • Provide other consultation and regulatory process support as needed

Salary and benefits are competitive and negotiable.

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Topics: Job Listing

Eagle Eye: Spring 2017 - Funding, News and Updates

Posted by Don Richardson

on Mar 31, 2017 4:27:11 PM

The Eagle Eye newsletter will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they may mean for you and the communities with which you work.  We've also got our sights set on a number of funding deadlines in the coming months that could be of interest to our client community. 


In This Issue:
  • There's Still Time: Apply for the 2017 Shared Value Internship Program
  • The New Federal Budget: What's There, What's Not
  • Canada Launches New $325M Atlantic Fisheries Fund
  • NEB Modernization Process: What We're Hearing From Communities Across Canada
  • New Faces at SVS: Meet Amanda and Alex!
  • Upcoming Funding Opportunities
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Topics: Funding, Eagle Eye

What does the 2017 Federal Budget mean for Indigenous Peoples

Posted by Meaghan Langille

on Mar 31, 2017 2:06:47 PM

Last week the Trudeau government tabled its second budget of its 4-year term with large emphasis being placed on skills and innovation that strengthen the middle classinvestments that improve infrastructure (including infrastructure on reserves and in rural and Northern) communities, and strengthening Canada at home and abroad. In this blog post we provide a round-up of funding that has been committed, what's missing, and where to go from here. 

Overall, the federal budget commits to providing $3.4 billion in new money over the next five years for First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples and communities. This money is in addition to the $8.4 billion announced in last year’s federal budget which was also spread over five years. (Source: APTN)

The two figures would bring total new federal investments targeting Indigenous peoples and communities to $14 billion by 2021-2022—two years after the next federal election. (Source: APTN)

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Topics: Indigenous Rights and Interests, federal policy

Canada launches new $325M Atlantic Fisheries Fund

Posted by Rachel Speiran

on Mar 28, 2017 2:55:53 PM

At the beginning of March, the Federal Government announced it is investing $325M in the new Atlantic Fisheries Fund to stimulate innovation in the fish and seafood sector with a focus on growing opportunities and increasing their value to meet market demands for sustainably sourced, high-quality fish and seafood products.

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Topics: Funding, fisheries

Eagle Eye: March/April 2017 Funding Opportunities Scan

Posted by Don Richardson

on Mar 28, 2017 1:40:41 PM

We've always got our eyes open for shifts in policy and legislation, and the initiatives and funding opportunities that result from them.  "Eagle Eye" posts will keep you in the loop on changes we're seeing unfold across Canada and what they mean for Indigenous communities.  


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Topics: Funding

The 2017 Shared Value Indigenous Internship Program - Apply Now!

Posted by Nichole Fraser MacDonald

on Mar 16, 2017 10:53:21 AM

2016 Shared Value Intern Jonathan Rickard from Moose Cree First Nations talks about his experience.


This opportunity is for you!

Shared Value Solutions’ (SVS) is accepting applications for our annual 8-month paid Indigenous Internship for an Indigenous Canadian who is a graduate of a college, university or ECO Canada BEAHR program with an environmental or social science focus.

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Topics: News, Job Listing, internship